Brazil and Colombia met in July 2014 in the quarterfinals of the World Cup. A few minutes before the end of the game, and with 2-1 in favor of Canarinha, Neymar He falls to the ground after a knee from Camilo Zúñiga in the small of his back. That lack, although it was not known then, was close to ending the career of the now PSG footballer. Neymar himself remembers what happened.
«It was a moment … of the worst moments of my career. It spoiled my dream of playing in the World Cup, of playing in a semifinal, the final. When I hurt my back, Marcelo tried to help me up, but he couldn’t. I was trying to move my legs, but I couldn’t, I didn’t have the strength to get up, «he says in a new installment of DAZN Originals.
«They took me to the infirmary. There were two minutes left to finish, and there, in the infirmary of the stadium, I remember that my leg was bent and the doctors stretched it out for me, and I felt a shock. I couldn’t move my feet. And I started to cry desperately. «
«They examined me and the doctor told me: ‘I have two news, one good and one bad. Which one do you want?’. I told him: ‘Give me the bad news.’ He said: ‘That you’re out of the World Cup.’ : ‘And what is the good one then?’ And he said: ‘That if it had been 2 cm to the side, you would not walk again’ «.
«The most shocking moment was one day when I woke up in the middle of the night and saw my father crying a lot. I asked him why he was crying and he said: ‘I would give my life so that you could play this World Cup again, because it was your dream and that of this family. ‘And there I said:’ No, dad, calm down, we will have other opportunities to make this dream of playing a World Cup come true and, God willing, we will win, and I will go back to playing football and walking. » .
«I even made a joke: ‘At least we will play football again. Maybe not at the World Cup, but we will walk and play football again,'» he explains.