Coming off the back of a season in which he racked up 31 goals for Barcelona en route to a La Liga and Copa Del Rey double, it is fair to say the career of Neymar continues to go from strength to strength.
In just three seasons, the 24-year-old Brazilian now has 85 goals to his name for the Catalan club and will doubtlessly be planning on getting past the century mark in the upcoming 2016-17 campaign.
According to the player himself this week, however, he very nearly didn't get the chance to score goal number 16 in Barca colours, nevermind number 100.
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That's because, in comments reported by Gazzetta World today, the Brazilian revealed that the injury picked up in the 2014 World Cup legitimately put his career under threat:
"I’ve had bad times during my career, but the worst moment was in the 2014 World Cup [against Colombia],” Neymar explained.
“My childhood dream was to be world champion, but that was destroyed by an injury that nearly ended my career."
The injury Neymar is referring too, of course, was the one suffered during Brazil's quarter final match with Colombia when a robust challenge from Camilo Zuniga took him out of the game, and the tournament.
It was later determined that the Brazilian had suffered a fractured vertebra.
"It was a very difficult week, but luckily I had my family and friends by my side. It’s important to have the support of those that are close you you during those moments."
The loss of Neymar played a huge part in Brazil's failure to go on and win the tournament as, without him, they were dismantled 7-1 by Germany in the semi final.
Clearly, though, the extent of the injury very nearly had even more serious ramifications. Had things turned out slightly differently, in Neymar's eyes at least, the world of football could have been robbed of one of its brightest talents before he had truly begun to flourish.
Fortunately, despite having to miss the rest of the World Cup, the Barcelona star has recovered fully and set about dominating the game in recent times.
Forming a formidable partnership with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, MSN is set up to propel Barca to several more finals, and titles, in the years to come.
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