Neymar: I Was Almost Paralysed

by Editor | July 11, 2014 3:02 am

BBC – Brazil star Neymar broke down in tears as he claimed the challenge that ended his World Cup could have left him paralysed.

The Barcelona forward, 22, fractured a vertebra in his spine when kneed in the back by Colombia’s Juan Zuniga during Brazil’s 2-1 quarter-final win.

Brazil lost the semi-final 7-1 to Germany. Speaking at a news conference, Neymar said: “God blessed me.

“If it had been another two centimetres I could be in a wheelchair today.”

Zuniga apologised to Neymar and Fifa said no disciplinary action could be taken because the incident was spotted and dealt with by referee Velasco Carballo on the pitch.

Neymar said Zuniga called him the next day to say sorry but he stopped short of forgiving the Colombian for the challenge.

“I don’t hate him. I don’t hold a grudge,” said Neymar. “But I don’t feel anything.

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