Neymar has backed De Bruyne, Hazard, Salah and Suarez to star The 26-year-old believes Brazil are the best team at Russia 2018 He outlined the one advantage of being injured
Neymar has backed Mo Salah, Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Luis Suarez to dazzle at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and opined that Brazil are the team to beat.
Asked which players, excluding The Best FIFA Men's Player finalists – himself, Lionel Messi and winner Cristiano Ronaldo – would shine at the 21st edition of the tournament, the 26-year-old responded: “There are lots of quality players. It’s the World Cup we’re talking about – only the best [players] in the whole world. But Coutinho and Jesus are players that, for me, can have a big impact. I hope they do.
“Salah’s not in a high-profile national team, but I think he can have a good World Cup. And there are other top-class players: Hazard, De Bruyne, Suarez. I hope that all these players shine and that it’s a wonderful World Cup, but that they don’t do anything against Brazil (laughs).
“I’m very satisfied to be part of a team that, in my view, is the strongest. We have the quality to win it.”
Neymar has been out since February following surgery on a metatarsal fracture, but has accentuated the positive from that setback.
“I will have enough time to arrive at the World Cup in good shape and prepare,” said the Paris Saint-Germain attacker, who is fourth on Brazil’s list of all-time leading marksmen (53 goals) behind Romario (55), Ronaldo (62) and Pele (77). “Being injured isn’t good, but I feel rested. We have to look at the positives.”
Brazil face Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E.
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