Paris: Neymar has admitted that next year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be his last, as the stress of the game has taken its toll on Brazil’s body and mind.
The PSG star has represented Selçao at the 2014 World Cup on home soil and in Russia after four years, but expects the tournament to be his last appearance on football’s biggest stage next winter.
“I think this is my last World Cup,” the 29-year-old said in DAZN’s exclusive new documentary, Neymar and the Line of Kings.
“I see this as my last because I don’t know whether I have the brain power to tackle football now. So I will do everything to do well, everything to win with my country I’ve dreamed since I was little, to feel my greatest. And I hope I can do it.”
Neymar will turn 34 in 2026 when the USA, Canada and Mexico host the world’s biggest competition.
In addition to Olympic gold, he won the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the only trophy with Neymar’s national team coming in 2013 when Brazil won the Confederations Cup.