World Cup 2022: Neymar Jr Hails Man United Star As the World’s Best Midfielder After World Cup Wonder Goal

World Cup 2022: Neymar Jr Hails Man United Star As the World’s Best Midfielder After World Cup Wonder Goal

Fred Kennedy
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:18 PM
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  • Paris Saint-Germain ace Neymar Jr led tributes for Casemiro after the midfielder's World Cup stunner against Switzerland
  • Casemiro stepped up during Brazil's greatest hour of need to score a decisive goal during the Group H clash played on Monday
  • The goal was enough to earn the five-time World Cup winners a spot in the last 16 of the 2022 edition of the global showpiece

Brazilian football star Neymar Jr has hailed his fellow countryman Casemiro as the world's best midfielder 'for a long time.'

Neymar made the claim after Casemiro's vital role in Brazil's World Cup win over Switzerland on Monday, November 28.

The Manchester United midfielder was the man of the moment as the Samba Boys silenced a stubborn Switzerland side 1-0 at the Stadium 974.

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Casemiro shoots the ball under pressure from Remo Freuler of Switzerland during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group G match between Brazil and Switzerland at Stadium 974. Photo by Kaz Photography.
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Having won their opening match against Serbia, the South American football powerhouse needed a win against Granit Xhaka's Switzerland to book an early spot in the round of 16 of the World Cup.

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However, they had to labour through the Group H clash, with Switzerland proving to be a hard nut to crack.

Brazil had to wait until the 83rd minute to finally break the deadlock, with Casemiro doing just enough to power his side to victory with a stunner.

The former Real Madrid anchorman's beautiful goal earned him praise from fans, with Neymar, who missed the tie through injury leading the tributes.

The Paris Saint-Germain star tweeted:

"Casemiro has been the best midfielder in the world for a long time."

Meanwhile, Brazil is scheduled to play Cameroon in their final round of group fixtures on Friday, December 2.

Fans scramble for selfies with 'fake' Neymar

Earlier, Sports Brief reported fans were duped into thinking they had gotten up close and personal with Neymar at Stadium 974 during Brazil's World Cup clash against Switzerland.

A man with a striking resemblance to Neymar Jr was among thousands of supporters who had turned up to watch the match at the stadium.

The man sported a Brazil jersey, and a white cap had a section of fans thinking that he was Neymar as they clamored to get a selfie with him.

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