Neymar is desperate to win Brazil their first World Cup since 2002 as he accelerates his return from injury.
Selecao boss Tite will look to Neymar as the talismanic figure in the side in a potent front three likely to include Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus and Chelsea’s Willian.
Neymar is desperate to win Brazil’s first World Cup since 2002 when they beat Germany
The Selecao poster boy is expected to play a big role this summer as he returns to fitness
‘The World Cup is the biggest championship in the world, I just want to play and be a champion,’ Neymar told Desimpedidos in a Facebook interview. ‘This cup has to be mine.’
‘What inspires me the most is playing football. Being inside the field is my greatest joy.’
The World Cup in Russia will be only the 26-year-old’s second, having got his first taste of the tournament in his home country in 2014 before injury in the quarter-final win over Colombia spared him from the 7-1 mauling at the hands of eventual winners Germany.
Neymar’s only other World Cup experience came at Brazil 2014 when he suffered an injury
Having returned to training last weekend, Brazil’s team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar believed the national team’s poster boy is closing in on a return to action with one eye on the friendly against Croatia at Anfield on June 3.
Brazil, who report for duty next Monday, face another warm-up friendly against Austria in Vienna a week later before beginning their quest for a sixth world title with a meeting against Switzerland in Rostov-on-Don.
They then battle Costa Rica in Saint-Petersburg before rounding off their Group E campaign against Serbia in Moscow on June 27.