When the final whistle sounded in Brazil’s 2-0 win over Costa Rica, Neymar dropped to his knees and burst into tears.
It was a dramatic win over at the Saint Petersburg on Friday as Brazil found it difficult to penetrate the Costa Rican defence. Keylor Navas played an important role as he managed to keep a clean sheet for a whole 90 minutes.
However, the 6 minutes of added injury time was just enough to see Tite’s men find the back of the net in the nick of time.
Neymar’s relief was evident as he dropped to his knees and burst into tears while holding his face at the end of it all. His first competitive match since February was Brazil’s 1-1 draw with Switzerland as he spent 3 months sidelined with a metatarsal injury.
The world’s most expensive player did not speak to any reporters after the match but was quick to explain the gesture through social media.
Nem todos sabem o q passei pra chegar até aqui,falar até papagaio fala, agora fazer…O choro é de alegria, de superação, de garra.
Na minha vida as coisas nunca foram fáceis, não seria agora né! O sonho continua, sonho não, OBJETIVO!
Parabéns pela partida rapaziada,vcs são FODA pic.twitter.com/dgdtK2zKei
— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) June 22, 2018
“Not everyone knows what happened to me to get here,” Neymar said. “Talk is cheap, even a parrot can do it, but do something… few people can do that!!
“The cry is of joy, of overcoming, of willpower and desire to win. Things have never been easy in my life, it would not be now, right!!!
“The dream continues, not the dream… the MISSION! Congratulations on the game, boys, you are the best.”
Brazil’s manager, Tite, explained that his tears were the cause of the great amount of pressure being put on Neymar’s shoulders to lead his side to their sixth World Cup title.
“The joy, the satisfaction, and the pride of representing the Brazilian national team is a lot,” Tite told reporters. “He has the responsibility, the joy, the pressure and the courage to show it. We each show it in our own way.”
“He was three and a half months out [with a foot injury] and he played the full match. He is a human being, he needs time to reach his high standards again but before that, there is a team that needs to be strong and not dependent on him.
“Is he going to be back to his best? Yes, he is going to be back to his best.”
Having taken four points from their first two group games, Brazil need a positive result against Serbia to make sure of their qualification for the knockout stage.