Across the globe, international football fans could hear the collective groan of a once exuberant, but now nervous nation when Brazil’s fabulous striker Neymar crumbled on the pitch.
As he was taken off the field by stretcher, tears could be seen on the face of the 2014 World Cup star.
Team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar confirmed that Neymar had broken the 3rd vertebra in the lumbar region of his back after colliding with Columbian defender Juan Camilo Zuniga.
The favored Brazilians now advance to next Tuesday’s semi-final without stellar defender Thiago Silva and Neymar, making their country’s hopes for a record sixth World Cup title harder than Zuniga’s tackle on the incomparable Neymar.
With four goals in the tournament to date, he has lived up to the hype that touts his likeness on television screens, billboards, magazines, web sites, signs on buses and more at the World Cup cities in Brazil.
Neymar has captivated an international audience that eagerly awaits his next sensational goal. That’s why his #10 jersey is the most sought after souvenir at the quadrennial event in Brazil.
The engaging 22 year-old Brazilian, who has discovered enumerable inventive ways to find the back of the net, now needs to rest, heal and quickly find a way back on pitch for FC Barcelona in La Liga this fall.
Though his injury will make a Brazilian win that much more difficult, this year’s Wolrd Cup has been special to watch when Neymar has been on the pitch.
Get well soon!
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