Brazilian superstar Neymar said Thursday he wants teammate Lionel Messi to lead Argentina to victory in the World Cup final against Germany.
At an emotional press conference, Neymar broke down in tears as he relived the challenge which broke a vertebra in his back and left him fearing he would be paralysed.
With Brazil’s dream of winning a sixth World Cup decimated by their 7-1 hammering by Germany, Neymar said he wants Barcelona teammate Messi to claim the trophy on Sunday against the Germans.
“Messi’s history in the sport is so important, he has won a lot of trophies and I will be cheering for him,” Neymar told a press conference.
“He is a friend, he is my teammate and I wish him luck.”
Neymar was ruled out of the World Cup in a rugged challenge by Colombia defender Juan Camilo Zuniga in Brazil’s 2-1 quarter-final win.