Neymar is thankful for not needing a wheelchair

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Neymar shed many tears in his press conference last night, as he stated that he is lucky not to be left in a wheelchair following the challenge from Colombia's Juan Zúñiga.

The injury in the quarter-final, which happened a week ago today, ended the forward's participation in the World Cup, and BBC Sport reports how Brazil's star man was reduced to a sobbing wreck when detailing his lucky escape.

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Towards the end of Brazil's victory against Colombia, defender Juan Zúñiga threw himself haphazardly into the back of Brazil's most important player.

The result was that Neymar ended up fracturing his vertebrae; forcing him to make an upsetting exit from the tournament he graciously lit up, after handling mountainous amounts of pressure.  

Even though it may not of affected the end result, the presence of Brazil's golden boy was sorely missed in their 7-1 demolition by Germany, which may have played on the minds of his teammates a bit too much. 

The 22-year-old has revealed how he is just very happy and extremely relieved to escape the challenge without being paralysed, and he couldn't help but experience a small emotional breakdown. 

"I thank God for helping me, because if that blow had been a few inches lower I would have risked being paralysed," Neymar told reporters

Love or hate

The whole experience has created utter despair and indeed anger from the Brazil fans, as what Colombian defender Zúñiga seemed unforgivable, with so much hope and expectation falling on the Neymar's shoulders. 

The Barcelona man has highlighted that it was not a normal challenge and that he finds it hard to forgive, however he expresses that he doesn't feel any hate towards Zúñiga.

He added: "I don't hate him, I don't hold a grudge, but I don't feel anything.

"It's difficult to talk about a move that ended happening in such an important moment of my career.

"I won't say he came to injure me - I don't know what was going on in his head - but everyone who understands football can see that it wasn't a normal challenge."

Big surprise? 

In regards to the World Cup final showdown on Sunday night, the passionate Brazilian has surprisingly admitted that he would love to see South American rivals Argentina be crowned champions.

He explains how he wants his good friend and fellow Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi to finally win the biggest prize in football and how the Argentine deserves to fulfil his biggest dream.  

"He's won almost everything and I think he deserves to be champion. He is my team-mate and my friend."

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