Thursday 15 November, 2018

Neymar describes World Cup exit as painful time

Brazil's Neymar leaves the hotel to board a bus in his way to the airport in Kazan, Russia, Saturday, July 7, 2018. Brazil lost the quarterfinal against Belgium and leave the football World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner).

Brazil's Neymar leaves the hotel to board a bus in his way to the airport in Kazan, Russia, Saturday, July 7, 2018. Brazil lost the quarterfinal against Belgium and leave the football World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner).

Neymar says Brazil's World Cup elimination in Russia is the saddest moment of his career and it will be hard to get back to playing soccer again.

The 26-year-old Brazil forward has posted a message on Instagram, a day after Brazil's 2-1 loss to Belgium in the World Cup quarterfinals in Kazan.

He says he is in "a lot of pain" because the team knew it could go further in the tournament and "make history."

Neymar says "it's difficult to find strength to want to play football again, but I'm sure God will give me enough strength to face anything."

Brazil won the last of their five World Cup titles in 2002.

Neymar ended his message by saying the Brazilian team's dream of a sixth title was interrupted but it remains alive in their "minds and hearts."