Neymar, the Brazilian poster boy, was left in tears once more during the national anthem and most would have left the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza with similar emotions as the Samba Boys are made to sweat.
Neymar has carried the weight of an expecting nation on his shoulders throughout the tournament so far and at times yesterday, it appeared he was also carrying his team-mates.
Brazil lacked that imaginative edge to breach a stubborn but superb La Verde backbone as they drew 0-0 and they must now wait till their last group game against Cameroon to advance into the knockout phase of the World Cup.
Guillermo Ochoa who has been dubbed the ‘Mexican Jesus’ lead from the front with a string of saves that will certainly have caught the attention of a host of clubs who will be entering the race to sign the free agent.
It just wasn’t good enough from Brazil though and it showed that although Neymar is a special breed, he can’t do it all on his own.
The game was crying out for a touch of genius from the 22-year-old forward however his fellow Samba stars seemed to be on a completely different wavelength.
He tried to link-up on numerous occasions with Fred, Bernard and Jo however it all came to nothing as they failed to breakthrough a resolute Mexican defence lead by 35-year-old Rafael Marquez who captains Mexico for the fourth successive World Cup Finals.
Passion and a love for football can be shown on the faces of all players and their hunger and desire to achieve is undeniable but excluding Neymar, there just isn’t enough quality.
Looking back at recent times, the Brazil team was made up of six or seven world class players, now it’s one or two.
Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Kaka. The list goes on and on of special unique players to represent the five-time World Cup winners with Neymar being talked about and rightly so in that category.
The Barcelona star’s pressure on his shoulders is only going to intensify and it’s time for him to answer his nations call.
One thrilling moment from the former Santos star could spark Brazil into life and seriously get their tournament underway.
Although on paper it may not be the best squad the Samba boys have ever gone into a World Cup with, they do have home advantage.
You cannot underestimate just how much supporters can do for your own performance as they will you on to success. They feel every emotion, kick every ball and score every goal with their idols.
The supporters will stick by their team through the toughest of times but ultimately want to win and it’s now time to reward the Brazil population and give them what they want.
Neymar has the chance to right himself into Brazilian sporting history if he can mastermind his side to glory and where better to do it than in his homeland.
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