Brazilian playmaker, Neymar Jnr has said Brazil’s elimination from the World Cup in a penalty shootout with Croatia hurt more than any other loss in his career.
Naija News reports that the 30-year-old scored a superb individual effort to equal Pele’s record goalscoring haul of 77 goals for the Selecao in Friday’s match that finished 1-1 after extra time.
Pre-tournament favourites Brazil must now wait at least another four years to win their sixth World Cup — their last dates back to 2002.
In a post via his Instagram page on Saturday, Neymar said he was “psychologically destroyed” by Brazil’s elimination from the World Cup in Qatar.
Neymar said immediately after Brazil crashed out that he might have played his last match for his country, but Brazilian legend, Pele urged him with some kind words.
He wrote: “I am psychologically destroyed. It is definitely the defeat that hurt me the most, which left me paralysed for ten minutes after the match, after which I burst into tears without being able to stop.
“It is going to hurt for a very long time, unfortunately.”