Neymar Leads Brazil To The World Cup Glory, Says Rivaldo: Neymar leads Brazil to a record-extending in the sixth World Cup trophy following his return to fitness, according to Rivaldo.
Neymar Leads Brazil To The World Cup Glory, Says Rivaldo
Former Brazil star Rivaldo is delighted to see Neymar back in the action after the Paris Saint-Germain star underwent surgery on a foot injury sustaining against the Marseille in February.
The 26-year-old came off the bench for Brazil to provide the breakthrough in last weekend’s friendly against Croatia, as he scored in their 2-0 World Cup warm-up victory.
Rivaldo, who has won the World Cup with Brazil and wore the same number 10 shirt as Neymar, believes that the former Barcelona attacker is now ready to make his mark in Russia.
Today, Neymar is the most crucial player in the national team, and I believe he is going to be the Brazil captain at the World Cup,” Rivaldo told Goal during the Betfair road to Russia preview.
He is the number 10 player; the number 10 player has an individual responsibility. It is the most demanding rank, especially for us in Brazil in our history.
10 number player is the star of a team, and have more responsibility. For the Brazilian media, and also for the rest of the world, everyone is looking for the player who is wearing the number 10 shirt. Neymar is preparing and ready. He is going to play with number 10 shirt again.
Brazil needs a player like Neymar at his best in the pitch because Neymar on the ball gives more confidence to the other players. He is the most talked on the player in the world, and I believe he is the star to help Brazil to win a World Cup.
Neymar has risen to the fourth in Brazil’s all-time top goalscorer charts with the 54 goals in 84 games, as he mounts a challenge to Pele’s record of 77 goals in the 92 games.
However, he was absent for Brazil’s humiliating 7-1 semi-final defeat by Germany on home turf in the last World Cup due to injury. Rivaldo believed that a rebuilding job was the need after the massive loss and that Tite has to give his side a platform for the success since taking over as the manager.
I believe that, at the time when Tite arrived into the Brazil squad, it was very, very good news and needed to happen because Brazil was going through an awkward phase at the time with Dunga. Even though I don’t blame him, but in football, it is like this,” he continued.
You cannot change 20 players, and you have to change the manager, it is challenging to pinpoint the blame. I think a lot of things were happening so when Tite is brought in, and I believe it was the right thing to do because he is dominant in his style and the way he thinks football should play.
The way he passes this to his players brought cohesion with his players. You can tell the players to respect him and play the way he wants to play. That is why Brazil is so much more confident, and Brazil is stronger this time around.
I believe they are strong enough to go and win the World Cup. I don’t know if it is going to happen but remember that is what I want.
Brazil faces Austria in their final warm-up match on Sunday, before heading to Russia to meet Switzerland in their opening World Cup fixture on June 17 in the Rostov-On-Don.
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