Brazil stars react to 'Neymar quit' talk

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After Neymar surprisingly revealed that he could consider retirement after the 2022 FIFA World Cup recently, several of his Brazil teammates have reacted to his bombshell.   

The Paris Saint-Germain superstar hinted in a new documentary that he could retire from international football after next year's World Cup, saying that he does not know if he has the "mental strength" to continue playing. 

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The 29-year-old also revealed how the back injury he suffered against Colombia in the quarter-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil had a severe impact on his career, describing it as one of his "worst moments" as a footballer.  

A number of his Selecao teammates, including Premier League-based stars Fred and Thiago Silva, have now come out in support of their country's second-highest goalscorer of all time.

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"We want him to stay with us for many years," Manchester United midfielder Fred said, per ESPN.     

"But it is hard to talk about someone else's head. Sometimes people face huge pressure. Not only Neymar, but Messi, [and] Cristiano Ronaldo.  

"We want him here, he is one of the best players we have ever seen in Brazil."    

Chelsea defender Silva shared similar sentiments, and also noted the pressure Neymar puts on himself.

"We forget a lot of what he has done on the pitch and focus on what is not important. He puts a lot of pressure on himself," Silva said ahead of Brazil's World Cup qualifier against Uruguay early on Friday morning. 

"I hope he doesn't lose his joy, he is a super special kid. When he is happy and doing what he likes, he can always deliver and play as well as he has always played. It is better for the team."    

In an Instagram post that included a picture of himself hugging Neymar, Silva wrote: "If you ever need someone to be strong for you, know that I will always be here! The Silva family loves you."  

Everton striker Richarlison also tweeted a picture of a banner carried by fans in Manaus, the venue where Brazil will play Uruguay, and wrote: "Neymar, if you played in heaven, I would die to watch you."

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