Neymar: 'I'm more scared than anyone'

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Neymar has admitted he's "scared" and "nervous" about returning to play football for Brazil at the World Cup this summer following on from his recent injury. He is the one who will allow us to achieve our goals, but in the case of a football team and many things, I cannot afford to make some public statements that other players may not be able to take.

Brazilian fans are crossing their fingers that the world's most expensive player will be 100 percent fit for their team's bid to win a record-extending sixth world title in Russian Federation.

"This is a hard time, one of the most hard that I have faced", Neymar told Jornal Nacional.

The world's most expensive player was injured on February 25 playing for PSG against Marseille in the French league.

The 26-year-old made his debut for the Parisians last August following his world-record £198m move from Barcelona and marked the occasion with a goal as they had an easy 3-0 win against Guingamp. I think it's one of the most hard I've ever had, because I'm very close to a dream I have, which is the World Cup.

'Thank God I have this further opportunity, this further chance, to try to be a world champion for my country, which is a dream that I have had since childhood. "It is my goal".

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Neymar said yesterday that he is focusing on getting well early enough to represent his country at thye summer World Cup in Russian Federation.

There is however more pressing matters at hand for him with the PSG star set to lead Brazil's charge for their sixth World Cup triumph.

But in the meantime Neymar faces a race to get fit mentally and physically ahead of the World Cup in Russian Federation, where Brazil will be among the favourites to reach the final stages of the tournament.

Brazil begin their Group E campaign against Switzerland on June 17 and will also take on Costa Rica and Serbia in the round-robin phase.

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