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World Cup 2022: Neymar feels mid-season staging will improve quality of tournament



Brazil forward Neymar looks on during the international friendly between Brazil and Ghana on 23 September, 2022 at the Stade Oceane, Le Havre, France

Hold the 2022 World Cup (opens in a new tab) during the domestic season will only improve the quality of football at the tournament, according to Neymar.

PSG (opens in a new tab) star aims to inspire Brazil (opens in a new tab) to glory this winter, having failed at the last two World Cups – but he expects the Selecao to face tough competition.

Neymar – who is just three goals away from usurping Pele as his country’s all-time top scorer – also revealed which nations he expects to challenge for the crown of world champions this time- this.

Neymar suffered more World Cup heartbreak four years ago in Russia as Brazil lost to Belgium in the quarter-finals (Image credit: Koji Watanabe/Getty Images)

In an interview with Esquire Middle East, Neymar reflected on his previous World Cup experiences – including the 2014 tournament, where he suffered the injury in Brazil’s infamous 7-1 semi-final against Germany at home. He said (opens in a new tab):