Neymar to retire in 2022?

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Brazil star Neymar has unexpectedly hinted at the idea of retiring from international football in the near future.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward has featured in multiple Copa America and FIFA World Cup tournaments, and is his nation's second highest goalscorer of all time behind Pele, but has only achieved a 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2016 Rio Olympics win with his country to date.   

The Selecao winger has also endured countless fouls in his career, leading to a number of injuries in recent years, with the player missing 20 games in the 2020/21 campaign alone, according to Transfermarkt 

Scroll through the gallery above to see how many matches Neymar has missed in the past five seasons due to injuries, per Transfermarkt

In a recent interview, Neymar surprisingly revealed that the World Cup in 2022 may spell the end of his time with his national team.   

"I think Qatar 2022 will be my last World Cup because I don't know if I have the mental strength to deal with football anymore," the 29-year-old told DAZN in a new documentary called Neymar & The Line Of Kings.

"I will do everything to get there in good shape, to win with my country, to fulfil the dream I have had since I was a child and I hope I can achieve it." 

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The PSG star also spoke about the back injury that ended his 2014 World Cup dreams. 

"It was one of the worst moments of my career. It ruined my dream of playing in a World Cup, playing the semi-final, the final... I couldn't move my feet. I started to cry uncontrollably," Neymar added. 

"They took me to the hospital, they examined me and the doctor told me: 'I have two pieces of news, one good and one bad. Which one do you want?' And I said, give me the bad one. 

"He said: 'You are out of the World Cup'. Crying, I told him, 'What is the good news?' To which he told me: 'If it had been two centimetres to the side, you would not have been able to walk again'." 

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