FIFA World Cup: Youthful Neymar Carried Hopes of a Nation

Neymar was Brazil's main weapon in FIFA World Cup 2014. The prolific striker though was ruled out of the tournament after a serious back injury in the quarterfinal match against Colombia.

updated: July 05, 2014 11:16 IST
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Brazil striker Neymar had his share of emotional moments but his fans are now shedding tears because of his back injury.


Fortaleza: Slim, spiky-haired and prodigiously talented, Neymar is the child prodigy who made good on his talent and looked poised to deliver the World Cup for an expectant host nation.

Aged just 22, such is his importance that a serious back injury which has ruled him out of the tournament could also dash the hopes of his 200 million compatriots. (Related: Neymar injury bombshell rocks Brazil)

Neymar is the main creative contributor and leading goal-scorer for an otherwise unimpressive team whose patchy World Cup has provided uneasy viewing for Brazilian fans.

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