After Brazil superstar Neymar hinted that he might retire following the 2022 FIFA World Cup, a Paris Saint-Germain star has insisted that the forward's words were taken out of context.
Neymar recently suggested that he is considering retirement from international football after next year's World Cup in Qatar, citing mental health concerns.
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The news was met with a considerable amount of disbelief and empathy by his national teammates, including Thiago Silva, Fred, and Richarlison, who all shared messages of support for the PSG superstar.
Now, Les Parisiens defender and Selecao star Marquinhos has shed some light on the situation.
"People talk a lot, and Neymar feels like they don't understand him," the centre-back told TNT following PSG's 3-2 win over RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night.
"He doesn't know what will happen after the 2022 World Cup, he doesn't know if he will be able to maintain his best form for four more years.
"He is focused on playing football, and he will play next game, God willing.
"We need to have great performances both for PSG and Brazil.
"There is a long journey ahead of us before even thinking about the next World Cup. We need to remain calm and take things step by step."
Neymar is Brazil's second-highest goalscorer of all time with 70 strikes, and is edging closer to Pele's tally of 77, a record that has stood for more than five decades.
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