- A disheartening video has emerged showing the number of times Neymar was fouled by Serbia players
- The Paris Saint Germain forward is out of the group stage with an ankle injury he sustained during Brazil’s 2-0 win
- Richarlison’s 2 goals were enough to ensure Brazil started off their campaign with victory
A viral video online has captured every moment Brazilian superstar Neymar was fouled by Serbia players on Thursday, November 24 in the World Cup.
Brazil got off to the perfect start to their World Cup campaign as two goals from Tottenham Hotspur star Richarlison, including a wonder strike, were enough to see off Serbia.
In truth, Neymar had a fairly quiet game on Thursday and was eventually hauled off in the 80th minute to be replaced by Manchester United’s Anthony after seemingly picking up an ankle injury.
Photos and videos of Neymar’s foot after the game confirmed that indeed the PSG star had suffered a worrying knock to his right ankle, and was likely to sit out Brazil’s upcoming games/
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Sky Sports has since confirmed that the 30-year-old would miss Brazil’s remaining group games against Cameroon and Switzerland, and it remained to be seen whether he would be fit for the knockout stages.
"It's important to remain calm, an evaluation will be conducted daily so we can have more information and take the most appropriate decisions," Brazil’s team doctor Lasmar said.
On Twitter, a user going by the name @eaebrenno shared a compilation of short clips of every single moment Neymar was fouled against Serbia, and it is simply harrowing.
From the video, it is not hard to see why Neymar got injured as the Serbians looked determined to quell the Brazilian from unleashing his creativity, and skills on them.
Neymar’s touching message after injury
Sports Brief also reported on Neymar’s message of hope despite the injury setback against Serbia.
The unfortunate injury to Neymar which came as a result of a heavy collision with Nikola Milenkovic marred Brazil's inch-perfect start to the Mundial.
Neymar took to Instagram to wax spiritual in the face of the injury setback:
"The pride and love I feel for wearing the shirt has no explanation. If God gave me the opportunity to choose a country to be born in, it would be BRAZIL. “ He stated.