Neymar hints at Brazil retirement following 2022 World Cup due to mental health issues

By Amreen
Neymar has claimed he is considering retiring from Brazil
Neymar has claimed he is considering retiring from Brazil / Pedro Vilela/GettyImages

Neymar has admitted the 2022 World Cup could be his last for Brazil citing mental health isuses that have taken a toll on him.

The Paris Saint-Germain star was at the center of Brazil's efforts to win their sixth World Cup in 2014 and 2018, but saw his nation fall short at the semi-final and quarter-final stages, respectively.

And with little over a year until the 2022 edition of the World Cup, Neymar has revealed that the tournament could be his last appearance for Brazil.

"I think it's my last World Cup," the Paris Saint-Germain star said in DAZN's exclusive new documentary, Neymar & The Line Of Kings.

"I see it as my last because I don't know if I have the strength of mind to deal with football any more. So I'll do everything to turn up well, do everything to win with my country, to realise my greatest dream since I was little. And I hope I can do it."

Brazil have won each of their opening nine qualifiers and are currently eight points clear of nearest challengers Argentina.

Neymar overtook Romario as Brazil’s top goalscorer in World Cup qualifiers, with 12 goals, and is fast approaching Pele’s record of 77 official goals for Brazil. The PSG striker has scored 69 times for Brazil to date.