Neymar lands in Russia, Messi casts doubt over World Cup future

Brazil begin their World Cup campaign against Switzerland in seven days, safe in the knowledge that star man Neymar, who lasted 84 minutes, and his esteemed supporting cast are in fine order.

The general understanding is that Brazil is a football insane nation but a new study has shown that ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2018, they are not even among the top-ten nations to be interested in the game of football.

"You have to trust, you dream", he said.

Second place, however, is up for grabs with Serbia looking the most likely, especially given they may benefit from the fact they are likely to face a Brazil team already through after the first two rounds of matches. However, he was a different player in Vienna and managed to score his 10th goal in 17 games for Brazil.

Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring for Brazil during Sunday's 3-0 win over Austria. "Dreaming is not forbidden".

Neymar's goal saw him join Romario in equal third on Brazil's all-time goal scoring list.

"Austria had quality and we knew it would not be easy. Not only was the attack well, the group went very well".


Neymar struck just after the hour as he sensationally bamboozled the Austria defence to score and Coutinho wrapped the victory up minutes later.

Coutinho nearly got his second and Brazil's fourth in the 73rd minute but his curling strike from distance rattled the upright with Linder well beaten.

Jesus may be only 23, but his precocious talent and attacking instincts will give even the seasoned strikers a hefty run for their money.

Is Neymar ready for the World Cup?

Brazil made it to the semi finals on home soil, but the lack of a genuine centre forward meant their challenge was always likely to falter, although nobody could have predicted the wheels would fall off quite so spectacularly against Germany in that infamous 7-1 defeat.

"R9" has 62 goals on the internationals scene to his name, while Pele leads the way with 77. "When we get him in the last third of the field he is lethal".

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