內馬爾:2022年世界盃是他帶領巴西奪冠的最後機會?

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內馬爾:2022年世界盃是他帶領巴西奪冠的最後機會?

當他們的明星球員倒在地上,痛苦地尖叫着,手臂彎到了背後,整個國家都在呼吸,擔心最壞的情況。

巴西贏得了比賽,進入了半決賽,但在那裡他們以7-1的比分恥辱性地輸給了德國。四年前,他們在四分之一決賽中被比利時淘汰。

雖然內馬爾現在已經30歲了,但他正處於他職業生涯中最好的狀態,而且有一個真正的希望,這可能是他和巴西的一年。

自從2009年內馬爾作為桑托斯隊的一名爆炸性的年輕人首次出現在舞台上,人們期待着他將成為俱樂部和國家隊的巨大明星。

這位前鋒當然可以為他迄今為止的成就感到自豪。他是歷史上最昂貴的足球運動員。他在為巴塞羅那的186場比賽中打進105球,並在為巴黎聖日耳曼的163次出場中淨勝115球。而且他是巴西的第二大射手,有75個進球,僅次於貝利。

然而,他還沒能在世界盃上展現自己的最佳狀態。2014年,傷病殘酷地奪走了他在主場的潛在童話,四年後,他是巴西隊的一員,在俄羅斯表現不佳,儘管在戰勝哥斯達黎加和墨西哥的比賽中進球。

內馬爾加入國家隊已經12年了,但他在國家隊唯一的重大成就是2013年的聯合會杯和2016年里約奧運會的金牌。他因為受傷而錯過了巴西贏得的2019年美洲杯。

多年的期待和有限的重大成功似乎正在造成損失,因為他去年提出,2022年世界盃將是他的最後一次。

"他在DAZN的紀錄片《小內馬爾和國王之路》中說:"我把它看作是我的最後一次,因為我不知道我是否有力量再去處理足球問題。

他在DAZN的紀錄片《小內馬爾和王者之路》中說:"我將盡一切努力做好,盡一切努力為我的國家贏得比賽,實現我從小到大的最大夢想。我希望我能做到這一點"。

在正確的時間打出狀態

鑑於內馬爾在其職業生涯中曾因傷病而長期缺陣,他的統計數據就更令人印象深刻了。

到今年1月,自2017年加入PSG以來,他已經錯過了近100場比賽,而據報道,與隊友Kylian Mbappe的關係僵化意味着法國隊似乎準備在夏天與內馬爾斷絕關係,他與其他地方聯繫在一起。

"我們知道兩人之間存在緊張關係,"《法國足球新聞》編輯拉斐爾-朱科賓告訴BBC體育。

"似乎內馬爾對此耿耿於懷,他想在本賽季展示他值得在PSG立足,他是他們用2億英鎊購買的球員。

"他在本賽季真的展示了這一點。這是他迄今為止最好的一個賽季,不僅僅是在進球方面,還有態度也是如此。"

此前,內馬爾曾因一度在季前賽開始時遲到而令PSG高層感到沮喪,但今年夏天,他提前結束了假期,開始為新賽季做準備。

這種專注和奉獻程度的結果是在法甲聯賽中出場14次,打進11球,並有9次助攻。

"他更成熟了,但這是比這更重要的東西。他有一點需要證明,"Jucobin補充說。

"從戰術上講也是如此,教練已經找到了一個非常好的陣型來讓他發揮出最佳水平。"

巴西隊老闆蒂特當然對內馬爾來到世界盃的狀態感到高興,他說。"他正在飛行。這是他所有準備工作的成果"。

除了希望帶領巴西隊獲得創紀錄的第六屆世界盃冠軍外,內馬爾還處於歷史的邊緣。

他只需要三個進球就能超越貝利,貝利以77個國際足聯註冊的進球成為巴西歷史上的最佳射手。

上個月,內馬爾告訴法國足球節目《Telefoot》,他顯然決心擊敗這一目標。"我希望能超越他。我將與我的隊友們談論此事,並告訴他們幫助我進球,這樣我就能最終達到目標。

可能對內馬爾有幫助的還有,與2014年和2018年不同的是,一個國家的希望並不幾乎完全寄托在他的肩上。

巴西將卡塔爾世界盃的重點放在了進攻上,有9名前鋒入選他們的陣容。

"巴西並不依賴內馬爾,尤其是今年,因為有幾名球員,如小維尼修斯、羅德里戈、理查利森和盧卡斯-帕克塔,"卡福說,他是2002年上屆世界盃冠軍的隊長。

"這些球員也有能力為巴西隊贏得杯賽,而今年的陣容則大不相同。四年前,都是內馬爾"。

擺脫了期望的重壓,今年可能是內馬爾在世界盃上為巴西隊做出貢獻的一年。

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As their star player fell to the ground, screaming in pain with his arm bent round to his back, a whole nation breathed in and feared the worst.

Brazil won the game to progress to the semi-finals, but there they fell to a humiliating 7-1 loss against Germany. Four years ago, they went out in the quarter-finals to Belgium.

Although Neymar is now 30, he's in some of the best form of his career and there's a real hope this could be his and Brazil's year.

Since Neymar first burst onto the scene as an explosive youngster for Santos in 2009, there was the expectation that he would go on to be a huge star for club and country.

The forward can certainly be proud of his achievements to date. He is the most expensive footballer in history. He scored 105 goals in 186 games for Barcelona and has netted 115 times in 163 appearances for Paris St-Germain. And he is Brazil's second-highest scorer with 75 goals, behind only Pele.

However, he has not yet been able to show his best at a World Cup. While injury cruelly robbed him of a potential fairytale on home soil in 2014, he was part of a Brazil team that underperformed in Russia four years later, despite scoring in wins over Costa Rica and Mexico.

Neymar has been part of the national team for 12 years, but his only major successes with his country are the 2013 Confederations Cup and Olympic gold at Rio 2016. He missed the 2019 Copa America, which Brazil won, because of injury.

The years of expectation and limited major success appeared to be taking its toll as he suggested last year that the 2022 World Cup would be his last.

"I see it as my last because I don't know if I have the strength of mind to deal with football any more," he said in the DAZN documentary Neymar Jr And The Line Of Kings.

"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."

Hitting form at the right time

Neymar's statistics are all the more impressive given he has had lengthy spells out during his career because of injury.

By January this year, he had missed almost 100 games for PSG since joining them in 2017, while a reportedly frosty relationship with team-mate Kylian Mbappe meant the French side appeared ready to cut their ties with Neymar in the summer and he was linked with moves elsewhere.

"We know there was tension between the two," Get French Football News editor Raphael Jucobin told BBC Sport.

"It seems Neymar took that personally and he wanted this season to show he is worthy of a spot at PSG, and is the player they bought for £200m.

"He is really showing that this season. It has been his best season so far, not just in terms of goals but also the attitude as well."

Neymar had previously frustrated the PSG hierarchy by once being late for the start of pre-season, but this summer he ended his holiday early to begin preparations for the new campaign.

The result of that level of focus and dedication has been 11 goals and nine assists in 14 Ligue 1 appearances.

"There is more maturity about him, but it is something more than that. He has a point to prove," Jucobin added.

"Tactically speaking as well, the coach has found a really good formation to get the best out him."

Brazil boss Tite is certainly happy with the form Neymar has arrived at the World Cup in, saying: "He is flying. It is the fruit of all the preparation he has put in."

As well as hoping to lead Brazil to a record-extending sixth World Cup title, Neymar is also on the cusp of history.

He needs just three goals to surpass Pele, who is Brazil's all-time top scorer with 77 Fifa-registered goals.

It is a target Neymar is clearly determined to beat, telling French football programme Telefoot last month: "I hope to get past him. I'm going to talk to my team-mates about it and tell them to help me score so I can finally get there."

What may also help Neymar is that, unlike in 2014 and 2018, the hopes of a nation don't rest almost entirely on his shoulders.

Brazil have placed the emphasis on attack for the World Cup in Qatar, with nine forwards named in their squad.

"Brazil isn't dependent on Neymar, especially this year because there are several players like Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo, Richarlison and Lucas Paqueta," said Cafu, the captain for their last World Cup win in 2002.

"Those players are also capable of winning the cup for Brazil, and this year the side is much different. Four years ago, it was all Neymar."

Shorn of the weight of expectation, this could be the year Neymar delivers for Brazil at a World Cup.

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