Neymar set to ‘leave the national team’ after 2022 World Cup in Qatar amid reports of Brazil’s retirement
Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil striker Neymar plans to retire from international football after the 2022 World Cup, according to team-mate Rodrygo.
The 30-year-old is preparing to leave the national team after 119 appearances and has reportedly already chosen a successor for his famous No.10 shirt which has been worn by Pele, Ronaldinho and Kaka.
Real Madrid striker Rodrygo revealed the news in an interview with PodPah via ESPN, saying Neymar is ‘ready to leave the national team’.
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“I was embarrassed, laughed and didn’t even know what to say properly,” Rodrygo said.
“I told him he had to play some more, that I didn’t want to play now and all that. And then he burst out laughing.”
The 21-year-old – who recently committed his future to Real Madrid – has also claimed he will inherit Neymar’s squad number.
Neymar made his debut for Brazil aged 18 in 2010 and scored his first of 74 goals after just 28 minutes.
The World Cup in Qatar kicks off in November, with Brazil placed in Group G alongside Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon. The Samba stars kick off their campaign against Serbia on November 24.
Despite a successful international career, he failed to win any major trophies while representing his home country, having been injured when Brazil won the 2019 Copa America.
Unlike his Brazilian teammate, Neymar’s club future remains uncertain although he has no intention of leaving Paris this summer, but due to PSG’s financial situation, he might have to be sold.
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