Neymar has undoubtedly been Brazil’s best player over the past decade.
Playing for superpowers of world football Bareclona and Paris Saint-Germain, he has won countless league and cup titles, as well as the UEFA Champions League.
He has also captained his country and represented the Selecao over 100 times, but has he ever won the FIFA World Cup?
The Sporting News looks at Neymar’s World Cup record, and his achievements for Brazil.
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Has Neymar won the World Cup?
Despite being Brazil’s star man and Brazil being a powerhouse of world football, Neymar has not won a World Cup yet in his career.
He was part of the Brazil squad that reached the semifinals at their home World Cup in 2014, but injury ruled him out of that game, which turned into a 7-1 humiliation against Germany in one of the most remarkable World Cup moments in history.
Neymar trophies won with Brazil
Amazingly, despite his distinguished career, Neymar has only won one trophy with the Brazil senior team, being the 2013 Confederations Cup.
He was part of the squad that finished runners-up in the 2021 Copa America to Argentina, and has also won an Olympic gold medal in football, though this was with the Under-23’s side.
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Neymar Brazil goals record
Neymar has scored 75 goals for his country, which ranks second on the all-time scorers list.
He has also scored six goals in 10 matches played at World Cups.
He is only two goals off the record which is currently held by the legendary Pele.
Given his record of scoring goals and being an important player for his country in the World Cup, there is a very high chance that Neymar could break the long-standing goalscoring record at the Qatar World Cup.
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Is this Neymar’s last World Cup?
Neymar will be participating in his third World Cup in Qatar, and could still conceivably be playing long enough to play in a fourth in 2026.
Whilst he would join a select group of players who have that achievement, as the age of 30 and experiencing more injuries in recent seasons, Neymar is aware that the prospect of achieving that is no guarantee.
Additionally, Neymar caused a stir recently by hinting that this World Cup could be his last, telling Globo: “I can’t guarantee that I’ll play another [World] Cup. I honestly don’t know.”
If it turns out to be the superstar’s last ever World Cup, he will be more motivated than ever to add the biggest trophy in world football to his cabinet to top off a magical career.