Neymar has said that doctors told him he was fortunate to be able to walk again following the challenge that ended his participation in the 2014 World Cup with Brazil.
“I remember that I had my head on the ground, and Marcelo was saying: ‘No, no…Get the doctors in.’ And I said: ‘No, no, no. I want to play.’ Because I wanted to score,” Neymar said.
“But I couldn’t manage to lift my legs. I couldn’t move my legs. And the doctor took me out and I started to … to cry, because it was very painful and I didn’t feel anything.
“I didn’t feel my legs, so I went to the hospital that’s in the stadium. And there they left me and I remember that I was with my leg bent like this, and when I stretched it out …
“Then I went to the hospital, did the tests and all, and they told me: ‘I have two pieces of news. One good and one bad.’
“And I was like: ‘The bad one first.’ ‘The bad one: You can’t play the World Cup. It’s over for you.’
“And I’m like: ‘What’s the good one?’ ‘The good one is that afterwards you will be able to walk, because two centimetres to the side …'”
He also praised Mbappe, adding: “I see him doing very well. He’s a great player. He’s got a lot of quality. He’s someone who’ll end up in the football history books.
“Yes, he has a lot of quality, if he continues like this. He’s a good guy, he works hard. I think he has a bright future.”
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