Neymar looked bleary-eyed and close to tears in a video message to his Brazil teammates and fans of the host nation of World Cup 2014.
The Barcelona forward has been the top scorer and talisman of an otherwise ordinary Brazil side under Luiz Felipe Scloari, but has been ruled out for the rest of the tournament after fracturing a vertebrae against Colombia.
Juan Camilo Zuniga kneed Neymar in the back with a clumsy challenge in the 88th minute of Brazil's 2-1 victory as the Colombians chased the game. At first it looked innocuous and many could have been forgiven for thinking the 22-year-old was making the most of the challenge, but any such thoughts were quickly dispersed at the reaction of his teammate, Marcelo.
Neymar was taken off on a stretcher and the news that every Brazilian did not want to hear was confirmed - there was fracture in his back and, though he would not require surgery, four to six weeks of recovery were required and he would not appear again in the tournament.
A long day
It has been a stressful and emotional, not to mention painful, 24 hours for Neymar, so he can be excused for looking exhausted and close to tears in a heartfelt message to his Brazil teammates and fans. In the video, recorded by the Brazilian football federation, he laments his "dream" of appearing in a World Cup final being taken away from him.
However, he provided a rallying cry to the rest of the Seleção squad and insisted they still have what it takes to go all the way to glory.
WATCH: Neymar tells Brazil to keep dreaming in heartfelt video message
If, for some inexplicable reason, you do not speak Portuguese, the Mirror have provided a translation into English: "Brazilian people - players, coaches and fans - this is a very tough moment. It's hard to express my thoughts in words.
"I want to tell you that I'll be back to the field as soon as possible. I would like to thank you for your support and affection expressed through the messages that have been sent to me.
Dream still alive
"My dream has not ended yet, it was suspended due to a move, but it is still alive. I am sure my partners will make sure I can achieve my dream, which is to be a champion.
"Another dream of mine was to play on a World Cup final, but I won't be able to do it now. Although I'm sure that my partners will win and be champions along with me, and we, Brazilian people, will be celebrating this achievement. Thank you all!"
Brazil haven't been playing particularly well with Neymar in the side, so Tuesday's semi-final against Germany is not looking too good for them.
Joachim Low's side put in a thoroughly professional display in their quarter-final, scoring an early goal against France and seeing the game out without letting Les Bleus get a clear sight of goal.
Manager Scolari has enough on his plate to combat the Germans without Neymar, but he will also have to do so without influential captain Thiago Silva. The PSG centre-back picked up his second yellow card of the tournament against Colombia and will be suspended.
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