Rio de Janeiro: Brazil football star Neymar said on Saturday that his dream of playing in the World Cup final had been stolen from him by a fractured vertebrae inflicted by a Colombia defender.
"They took away my dream of playing in a World Cup final, but the dream of being world champion has not ended," Neymar said in remarks released by the Brazilian football federation. (Youthful Neymar carried hopes of a nation)
"There are two games left and I am sure my teammates will do everything to lift the trophy," he said. (No Neymar, no party for Brazil)