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    NEYMAR has posted a gruesome picture of his swollen ankle. That’s as the Brazil star battles to save his World Cup by wearing a huge compression boot. 3Neymar has posted a gruesome picture of his swollen ankleCredit: Instagram @neymarjr 3The Brazil star is recovering with the help of a huge compression bootCredit: Instagram @neymarjr Neymar, 30, went off in tears during Brazil’s 2-0 win over Serbia this week. The Paris Saint-Germain star suffered ligament damage after being clattered by defender Nikola Milenkovic. And Brazil team doctors issued a worrying update afterwards after Neymar’s right ankle ballooned in size. It was quickly confirmed that the Samba Boys’ talisman would miss the remainder of the group stage. READ MORE ON WORLD CUPQATAR LATEST Maddison RETURNS to full England training, Wales on brink of World Cup EXIT But Neymar has now issued a fresh update on his injury with a series of pictures on Instagram. Several snaps showed his ankle still looking red and swollen, which is sure to worry fans. But Neymar gave supporters hope as he flashed a cheeky grin -...
    BRAZIL have been dealt another blow after Antony missed training through illness. The five-time winners are already sweating on the fitness of Neymar, who limped off against Serbia on Thursday after injuring his ankle. 1Antony came on in the second half of Brazil's win against SerbiaCredit: Getty The PSG star was reduced to tears after being on the recieving end of a poor tackle from Nikola Milenkovic. According to Brazilian journalist Andres Onrubia Ramos, Neymar won't miss the rest of the World Cup, but might not play again in the groups. He said: "His participation in the World Cup is not in danger, although he may not return until the round of 16. Good news." But the South Americans have been handed another blow after a malaise forced Manchester United winger Antony to sit out training on Friday. read more on world cupQATAR LATEST England to name UNCHANGED XI as Southgate 'ghosting' Berhalter on WhatsApp According to Isabelle Costa, Antony was one of four absent players. Along with Neymar, West Ham's Lucas Paqueta and Liverpool star Alisson Becker also missed...
    NEYMAR will play again at the World Cup, according to reports. The Brazil star was taken off with an ankle injury against Serbia following a tackle by Nikola Milenkovic. 4Neymar suffered an ankle injury against SerbiaCredit: Getty 4Neymar looked upset as physios attended to his injuryCredit: Getty 4Neymar's right ankle was badly swollenCredit: Reuters 4The Brazil talisman limped as he left the stadiumCredit: Twitter @njnews10 Neymar initially continued before being substituted but he looked distraught on the bench as physios attended to him. The forward broke down into tears and covered his face with his shirt, fearing the injury was a serious one. Brazil fears were worsened when Neymar limped out of the stadium with a badly swollen ankle. The team doctor could not estimate the seriousness of the injury but according to Spanish outlet Sport the problem is not as bad as first feared. READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUPQATAR LATEST England to name UNCHANGED XI as Southgate 'ghosting' Berhalter on WhatsApp Neymar is set to miss Brazil's next game against Switzerland. And if Tite's side win he will...
    NEYMAR limped out of the stadium after injuring his ankle against Serbia. The Brazil talisman was forced off in the second half following a heavy tackle from Nikola Milenkovic. 5Neymar limped as he left the stadium in flip flops 5The forward walked very gingerly through the press mix zone after the match 5Neymar was forced off with an ankle injury against SerbiaCredit: AP 5The Brazil talisman looked distraught on the benchCredit: PA 5Neymar's ankle looked very swollenCredit: Reuters Neymar was visibly upset as he trudged off the pitch and broke down into tears on the bench. His ankle was massively swollen with the team doctor revealing the Paris Saint-Germain star had suffered "trauma". He added that they will need "24 to 48 hours" to assess the problem, though manager Tite was more optimistic. He said: “Don’t worry, Neymar will play the World Cup. He will keep playing, you can be sure about that.” READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUP QATAR LATEST England to name UNCHANGED XI as Southgate 'ghosting' Berhalter on WhatsApp Neymar was later spotted walking very gingerly as...
    NEYMAR was left with a worryingly swollen ankle after going off injured during Brazil's World Cup win over Serbia. The 30-year-old forward was chopped down several times during his side's 2-0 victory on Thursday evening - most notably by Serbian defender Nikola Milenkovic. 3Neymar was brought down several times against SerbiaCredit: Rex 3He was in a great deal of pain as he made his way off the pitchCredit: Rex 3It was clear when he took off his sock that his ankle was badly swollenCredit: AFP And he was forced off with an issue in the 80th minute as Manchester United's Antony replaced him. He then appeared to break down in tears on the bench, before images showed just how bad his ankle looked. Now Brazil's team doctor has issued a rather concerning statement following the injury. He claims they will need "24 to 48 hours" to assess the problem but that he has suffered "trauma" to his ankle. READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUPQATAR LATEST Southgate to name UNCHANGED England side, Neymar in TEARS after injury However, Brazil manager Tite...
    NEYMAR broke down in tears after suffering injury in Brazil's 2-0 win over Serbia at the World Cup. The 30-year-old forward limped off in the second-half with a suspected injury shortly after being caught on the end of a poor challenge from defender Nikola Milenkovic. 3Neymar had to ride a few heavy challenges from Serbia throughout the gameCredit: AP 3He was chopped down at the ankle in the second halfCredit: Rex 3Neymar appeared to be in tears after coming offCredit: Getty The star was subbed off with about 10 minutes to go and could be seen in the dugout looking distraught. He also had a bag of ice around his ankle in what was a worrying sight for Brazil fans. It is not yet known whether he will be fit in time for their next group stage match against Switzerland on Monday. They then face Cameroon four days later. READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUPRICH MAN'S WORLDIE Watch Richarlison score outrageous overhead kick for Brazil vs Serbia Neymar is just three goals away from overtaking Pele as Brazil's all-time...
    RICHARLISON eased Brazilian nerves with a brilliant matchwinning burst - but legend Neymar reignited anxiety by going off injured in tears. Tottenham striker Richarlison poached a 62nd minute opener then fired home an acrobatic volley to sink stubborn Serbia. 4Richarlison twists for the goal of the tournament so far ot double Brazil's leadCredit: Getty 4Spurs frontman Richarlison poaches the opener against SerbiaCredit: Getty Until then Serbia had frustrated a Brazilian side who increasingly got on top. Alex Sandro thundered a drive off the post shortly before Richarlison intervened - just as his national boss had predicted. Tite said beforehand that the former Everton hero smelt of goals. And his sharpness outshine PSG icon Neymar, who went off in the 80th minute late on, having operated in a deeper role. Arsenal's Gabriel Jesus came on for Richarlison as Brazil comfortably saw out victory READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUPQATAR LATEST Southgate set to name UNCHANGED England side, Ronaldo scores in Portugal winBRAZIL BEAUTY Neymar's stunning sister Rafaella cheers on Brazil in World Cup clash FULL REPORT TO FOLLOW 4Richarlison hails his...
    NEYMAR's stunning sister Rafaella Santos has shown her colours as she cheers on Brazil and her brother at the World Cup. The Samba Boys had to wait a while to get their tournament up and running in Qatar. 6Rafaella was getting herself in the mood for Brazil's game against SerbiaCredit: Instagram @rafaella 6Rafaella was supporting her brother Neymar and Brazil in their bid for World Cup gloryCredit: Instagram @rafaella But they finally got to face Serbia in their opening group game tonight, four days after hosts Qatar kicked off proceedings. Rafaella took to Instagram to show off her support for her country, who are targeting their first World Cup win since 2002. The Brazilian beauty's snapped herself pouting at the camera as she prepared for the game against Serbia. Around her two men can be seen donning the Brazilian shirts and flag and colours. READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUPQATAR LATEST Southgate set to name UNCHANGED England side, Ronaldo scores in Portugal win In another picture, the model sits on the edge of the sofa with...
    Follow Sportsmail's live blog for the World Cup Group G clash between Brazil and Serbia.  Will Griffee Host commentator 20:35 Brazil look the business now 77 mins: Brazil are playing with the swagger that a two-goal lead can afford them now. Richarlison is on a hat-trick and looking full of confidence after that beautiful second to go with his predatory first.  20:32 GOALLL! Brazil 2-0 Serbia (Richarlison) Forget Neymar - Richarlison is the star of the show tonight. This goal is brilliant - an early contender for goal of the tournament. He pops it over his shoulder in the air, swivels and volleys past Milinkovic-Savic, who can only dive in vein. That was magnificent and completely justifies the selection. Game over you would think. Paqueta comes off for Fred. Rodrygo comes on for Vinicius.  20:28 Mad scramble in the Brazil box 70 mins: Another corner and this time the Brazilian frantically try to boot it away, it ends up being cleared off the line and...
    As Brazil prepares to face Serbia in their first group match for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, an uneasy feeling looms over their fans. This year’s tournament has already seen two massively stunning upsets with Argentina losing to Saudi Arabia and Germany losing to Japan. With two of the usual favorites not meeting fans’ expectations, this Thursday’s match will leave Brazil fans sitting on the edge of their seats. Out of the 26 players selected for the national team, only 3 play in Brazilian soccer teams. The rest play in esteemed European teams such as PSG, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Tottenham, Arsenal, and Manchester United. This makes for a lack of connection between the players and the Brazilian population who, while they may follow those teams, do not root for them as passionately as they would for, say, Palmeiras or Flamengo. As a Brazilian myself, one of my favorite memories is sitting with my dad during the 1998 FIFA World Cup and knowing who was on my nation’s team from local games: Cafu, Roberto Carlos, Dunga, Taffarel,...
    THEY'VE had to wait patiently for their turn but tonight sees Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar kick off their World Cup quests. The pair are in action for Portugal and Brazil later today, with Betfair featuring them both in a cracking price boost for all customers! 1Ronaldo & Neymar to score | 7/2!Credit: Getty Ronaldo & Neymar to score | 7/2! You can get Ronaldo (vs Ghana) and Neymar (vs Serbia) to both score in their games at a boosted price of 7/2! Betfair have bumped that price up from the normal price of 3/1! Like those odds? It's available on the Betfair site by clicking here! New to Betfair? Well, their new customer offer might interest you... BETFAIR: GET £30 IN FREE BETS* Betfair World Cup price boostThursday's games Portugal vs Ghana Brazil vs Serbia Ronaldo and Neymar both to score today was 3/1 NOW 7/2 New and existing customers Click here to claim! BETFAIR: GET £30 IN FREE BETS* Signing up for a new Betfair account HERE* and staking £10, new customers will be rewarded with £30...
    NEYMAR and his Brazil teammates are looking to get their World Cup campaign off to a winning start against Serbia later. William Hill have boosted the odds of the PSG talisman scoring the opening goal to a huge looking 9/2! 1Neymar to score first | 9/2!Credit: Getty Neymar to score first | 9/2! The normal price on site is 16/5 which represents a bumper boost! It's available to new and existing William Hill customers and you can claim it here! New to William Hill? Why not take advantage of their excellent sign-up offer too! New customers who register HERE* and stake £10 will be rewarded with £30 in free bets! Your opening punt could go on the price boost above and if Neymar does open the scoring, you'll win £55! GET £30 IN FREE BETS* Brazil vs SerbiaWilliam Hill price boost Neymar to score first was 16/5 NOW 9/2! New and existing customers Click here to claim! GET £30 IN FREE BETS* If it doesn't, you'll have the consolation of £30 to use on the rest of the bumper action...
    PRE-TOURNAMENT favourites Brazil start their quest for World Cup glory tonight when they face Serbia. And Sky Bet have boosted the odds of two of their main men up front getting on the scoresheet, with Vinicius Junior and Neymar both scoring at a huge 10/1! 1Neymar & Vinicius Jr both to score | 10/1!Credit: Getty Neymar & Vinicius Jr both to score | 10/1! That is a BIG price boost from the normal price of 7/1 on their site! The pair are likely to form part of what will be a formidable Brazilian front line. They've combined for a whopping 23 goals for their respective clubs so far this season. Neymar (10 goals) should play a more central role to allow Vinicius Jr (13 goals) to play on the left. Price boost sounding much better now? Sky Bet: Get £40 in FREE BETS!* Brazil vs SerbiaSky Bet price boost Neymar & Vinicius Jr both to score was 7/1 NOW 10/1 New and existing customers Add to bet slip here Sky Bet: Get £40 in FREE BETS!* Well...
    GHANA star Mohammed Kudus claims that he's as good as Neymar. The Ajax striker, 22, is set to kick off his maiden World Cup campaign when the Black Stars take on Portugal this afternoon. 3Mohammed Kudus is ready for his first World CupCredit: Getty 3Neymar's Brazil are a potential round of 16 opponent for the Black StarsCredit: AP Kudus isn't short of confidence going into the game, having previously gotten into it with Neymar during a friendly against Brazil in September. Speaking ahead of the World Cup, he told The Guardian of the Selecao's No10: "He’s not better than me. "He’s just a higher profile player, that’s all." On their tasty encounter a few months ago, Kudus added: "He was defending his country and I was defending mine. Read More World Cup StoriesQATAR LATEST Kane TRAINS after ankle scan while Maddison set to MISS out on USA clash "I wasn’t about to let him push me around. What makes him better, for now, is that he has achieved a lot. "I’ll get there soon." And on a potential round of...
    THEY'RE the most successful nation in World Cup history with FIVE trophies to their name. But Brazil haven't gone all the way since a Ronaldo-inspired success in 2002. 6 In fact, they've only ONCE made it past the quarter-finals in the 20 years since that day when they lost the third-place play-off to Holland in 2014 on home soil. This winter, Tite has a star-studded squad itching to go the distance. But before getting too ahead of themselves, Brazil must find a way to navigate a particularly tricky group, featuring Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon. Up first, it's potential dark horses Serbia - as SunSport takes a look at everything you need to know before the big game. READ MORE WORLD CUP STORIESQATAR LATEST Harry Kane TRAINS for England after ankle scan, Germany STUNNED by Japan How did they get there? Brazil: Topped the outrageously-tough South American table with 14 wins from their 17 games, drawing three with ZERO losses. Their clash with Argentina was scrapped after five minutes due to an incredible row over Covid. Serbia: Won a tricky European...
    BRAZILIAN model Bruna Biancardi Serbs up a real treat for her footballer ex Neymar. Bruna, 27, split with the Paris Saint Germain forward in August after a year together. 2Stunning model and influencer Bruna Biancardi poses in sexy photoshootCredit: CAPTURE MEDIA AGENCY 2Bruna split from Brazilian footballer Neymar, 30, in August - who is expected to play for his country in their first World Cup Group G match against SerbiaCredit: Capture Media Agency Neymar, 30, is expected to play for Brazil in their first World Cup Group G match against Serbia at 7pm today. Meanwhile, a Serbian boy went viral after confidently declaring on Brazil's live TV that his country will beat one of the tournament's favourites 3-0. He claimed Serbia are going to embarrass Brazil and make Neymar "cry like a baby" when they meet today. The boy told ESPN Brasil: "I think Serbia will win 3-0 against Brazil. READ MORE WORLD CUP 2022WALK THE WALK We're BETTER than ‘Golden Generation’ and have right to be arrogant - WalkerPLENTY OF DOHA I crashed Qatar sheikh’s £460m mansion…we got up to some...
    SERBIA are going to embarrass Brazil and make Neymar "cry like a baby" when they meet on Thursday. At least that is according to a Serbian boy, who went viral after confidently declaring on Brazil's live TV that his country will beat one of the tournament's favourites 3-0. Em entrevista à @ESPNBrasil, garoto prevê grande vitória da Sérvia em cima do Brasil, e provoca Neymar. ???? Reprodução/ESPN pic.twitter.com/ox92TUQYul— Sou Eu Na Copa (@soueunacopa) November 23, 2022 2A confident boy from Serbia expects his country to destroy Brazil in the World Cup 2The boy thinks Serbia will make Brazil superstar Neymar "cry like a baby"Credit: Rex The young fun gave the full picture of how he expects the two countries' opener to go down when they lock horns at the Lusail Stadium. The Serbia super fan expects Fulham star Aleksandar Mitrovic to score a brace in the first half before Juventus ace Dusan Vlahovic seals the win in the second half. The boy explained that Dragan Stojkovic's men will thrash the Selecao because he feels Tite's defence won't last against the...
    GETTING the measure of Lionel Messi is very hard work on the pitch - as many of the world's top defenders will testify. Whether leading a goal charge with Argentina in the World Cup or for PSG in Ligue 1, the mercurial forward always leads opponents a right song and dance. 5 Lionel Messi is one of the wealthiest players in world footballCredit: Rex The 35-year old from Rosario always makes it a tall order for even world class teams who struggle to contain him. And interest in the game is always heightened around the globe when he closes on goal.How tall is Lionel Messi? Actually, Messi is on the short side allowing him to make those amazing twists and turns as he sets of on a typical mazy run. The tale of the tape reveals him to be a shade under 5ft 7ins or, to be precise, 5ft 5.77ins. And this could explain why he doesn't score very often with his head. 5 Messi with wife Antonella Roccuzzo and their familyCredit: Instagram @antoroccuzzo88 5 Another game, another goal for...
    NEYMAR has been labelled "arrogant" for altering his Brazil kit ahead of the World Cup. The South Americans are seeking to win the competition for a record-extending sixth time in Qatar. 2Neymar has added an extra star to his Brazil kit ahead of the World CupCredit: Twitter 2Richarlison defended Brazil team-mate NeymarCredit: Twitter They currently have five World Cup wins to their name, meaning they also have five stars on their kit. But Neymar has shared a picture of his kit for the 2022 tournament... with SIX stars on show. The Paris Saint-Germain forward was subsequently labelled "arrogant" by German outlet BILD. It was a critique his Brazilian team-mate Richarlison was having none of. READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUPQATAR LATEST Three Lions' record breaking World Cup win over Iran, Wales take on USA later And the Tottenham forward quickly hit back with an aggressive reply. He bluntly responded: "They are arrogant. We're just dreamers. "We are dreaming of this sixth star and we will pick it up, whether they like it or not. That reporter is an a**hole." Brazil...
    THE World Cup has kicked off but it's not too late to join Dream Team! We have a star-studded celebrity line-up who have their sides picked for battle and are looking to take YOU on! 6Dream Team is BACK for this winter's World Cup! There's also the small matter of £50,000 in the prize pot to be won! When building Mini-Leagues to take on your mates, why not join thousands of others who are looking to get the better of our team of celebs - including Piers Morgan, Jack Wilshere and Carol Vorderman! Just head to the League Hub when your team is picked and enter in the League Code attached with the celeb below. Here is our squad of famous faces and their team selections. PLAY OUR DREAM TEAM WORLD CUP FANTASY FOOTBALL GAME TO WIN A SHARE OF £50k PIERS MORGAN League Pin: WCMORGAN 6 There are not too many surprises in Piers' selection, with a few Arsenal players making the cut. William Saliba and Gabriel Jesus are included alongside Gunners teammate Bukayo Saka. Luke Shaw is the...
    Brazil’s coaching staff will be anxiously waiting for the news from North London. How serious is the calf injury suffered by Richarlison playing for Tottenham against Everton on Saturday? 3Richarlison suffered a calf injury playing for Spurs that could threaten his World CupCredit: Getty He limped out of the game and cut a very worried figure afterwards when, on crutches, he talked briefly to the Brazilian press. While still with Everton he suffered a similar injury, which kept him out of action for two months - and that is too long for a competition that kicks off in just over a month’s time. The hope, then, is that the problem is not so grave this time round. Missing out on Qatar would be a huge blow to the player - and also a huge blow to his team, because in recent months Richarlison has made himself vital to Brazil’s cause. For most of last season, the team did extremely well without him. He paid the price for playing both the Copa America and the Olympic tournament in the middle of...
    THE debate around the greatest footballer EVER divides fans across the globe. Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Pele and Diego Maradona are often the names touted as the best to ever lace up a pair of boots. 12Ronaldo and Messi have battled it out for more than a decade as two of the greatsCredit: Getty But there are also a host of other names in the conversation, including the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Brazilian Ronaldo, Gerd Muller, Johan Cruyff and George Best. And what about other current players that are still active? Does Neymar make it into the top 100? What about Real Madrid legend Luka Modric? Here SunSport goes into detail reflecting on FourFourTwo's top 10 - with the more extensive 100 names listed further down. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLMessi talker Messi was ‘provocative and said unimaginable things’, Liverpool icon says 10) Ronaldo 12The "original" Ronaldo goes down as one of the best strikers to ever play the gameCredit: Action Images - Reuters Brazilian Ronaldo is one of the most lethal, devastating strikers to ever play the game. He scored...
    THE only way Kylian Mbappe can quite PSG this January is to join Liverpool, according to journalists in Spain. Explosive reports from earlier today have suggested that the world-class Frenchman is prepared to quit the club within months - and PSG are willing to let him go. 1Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi have formed a formidable threesome along with Neymar this seasonCredit: AP Mbappe's relationship with the PSG is believed to have deteriorated to such an extent that a mid-season exit may be required. And despite Liverpool's struggles so far, they were being viewed as the prime candidates if he were to leave Paris in the January window. The suggestion could be a huge boost to the Reds, who are enduring their worst start to a league season in a decade. Marca reporter Mario Cortenga believes that Mbappe's "only way out" of PSG would be to go Anfield. READ MORE ON FOOTBALLI AD'OR YOU All required information for the Ballon d'Or 2022 including confirmed nominees Liverpool have previously been linked to the 23-year-old and Jurgen Klopp...
    LIONEL MESSI's genius on a football pitch should come as no surprise to anyone. The Argentine captured the hearts of football fans from the moment he made his professional debut in 2004 for Barcelona aged 17. 4Messi flicked the ball onto his laces with his ankleCredit: Bein Sports 4The 35-year-old then played a pass into the path of PSG team-mate NeymarCredit: Bein Sports 4Messi scored a stunning free-kick in the same gameCredit: Rex 4Both Neymar and Messi are in fine form heading into the World CupCredit: Rex Since that day, he has gone on to play a part in 1,157 goals, winning SEVEN Ballon d'Ors and 40 trophies at club and international level - making him the second-most decorated player EVER. But the now 35-year-old is still as active as ever, playing for Paris Saint-Germain. And he added another piece of playmaking to an already jaw-dropping highlight reel, playing a perfect pass into Neymar while lying on the ground. Messi was attacking in Saturday's 2-1 victory over Nice when he was bundled to the floor by ex-Southampton star Mario Lemina....
    TUNISIA have been accused of trying to kick Neymar out of the World Cup by Brazil boss Tite. The two sides met in a feisty friendly match at Paris' Parc des Princes last night. 4Neymar was persistently fouled during the friendly matchCredit: Rex 4The Brazilian was unhappy with his yellow cardCredit: The Mega Agency If Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar thought he'd be receiving any home comforts, he was sadly mistaken. The forward was persistently fouled as Brazil thumped their North African opponents 5-1, with Neymar grabbing their third from the penalty spot. After the match, Tite fumed: "There was a Tunisian majority. "At various times I tried to find some of our fans and they were diluted. That created an atmosphere of a competitive match. READ MORE ON NEYMARMAR DRAMA Neymar hints at tension as he refuses to answer question on Mbappe relationship "On the pitch we knew it would be competitive, loyal, but I didn't imagine an action like the one that happened with Neymar, which was to take a player out of the World Cup. "The way it...
    Brazil did full justice to their status as World Cup favourites on Friday when they swept aside Ghana in fine style in a magnificent first half to win 3-0. It was a match where they unveiled Plan C; this Brazil side can now switch between three different formations, a process which showcases the versatility of recent West Ham signing Lucas Paqueta. 2Lucas Paqueta offers Brazil versatilityCredit: Rex The main formation features two wingers - Raphinha on the right and Vinicius Junior on the left, with Neymar floating as a false nine and Paqueta operating in his most natural position of an attacking midfielder. The system of play has done Brazil proud since losing the final of the Copa America to Argentina last year, and one of the stand outs has been the easy understanding between Neymar and Paqueta through the middle of the field. The first alternative is to include a centre forward, most likely recent Tottenham signing Richarlison. In this case one of the wingers misses out - probably Vinicius, though this would be a very big call in...
    NEYMAR is three goals away from breaking Pele's Brazilian record, according to FIFA. But the Brazilian Federation's statistics say the Paris Saint-Germain forward is still a huge 21 behind the three-time World Cup winner. 2Neymar is closing in on the Brazilian goalscoring recordCredit: Reuters 2Pele is widely regarded as Brazil's greatest ever playerCredit: Rex Neymar currently has 74 goals for his country, while Pele finished his international career with 77 Fifa-registered goals. Brazil take on Ghana and Tunisia in the next four days, so Neymar could theoretically break the record in those matches before the World Cup later this year. However, the Brazilian Federation insist Pele netted 95 times. This is because they count 18 goals he scored in friendly matches against the likes of Malmo, AIK, Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, Chivas Guadalajara, Leon, Bahia and Atletico Mineiro. READ MORE ON NEYMARFriends with benefits Inside Neymar's entourage of trusted pals who he pays $11k-per-month As a result, even if Neymar nets four times in Brazil's upcoming two matches, his home football association is still not expected to consider him their...
    American sports stars - and specifically NBA players - dominate the landscape when it comes to the most influential on the planet. From LeBron James and Steph Curry to Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, basketball almost has a monopoly on the top 10 in an incredible new study. Carried out by Ticketsource, the findings look at social media popularity, wages, merchandise interest, and Google searches of the biggest sports stars in the world in order to reveal who are the most influential around. Here, we take you through the top 10, and find out who's in at No 1...  Steph Curry, pictured after winning the 2021-22 NBA Championship, is in the top 10 list  10) Damian Lillard - 8.65/10First up on the countdown is Portland Trailblazers point guard Damian Lillard, a six-time NBA All-Star who has spent his entire career in Oregon. His influence numbers are boosted by a huge interest in his merchandise, helped by the fact he is the face of his franchise - with thousands of kids aspiring to follow in his footsteps. On social media, he has...
    NEYMAR will reportedly face trial in October for "irregularities in his transfer to Barcelona". The Paris Saint-Germain forward joined the French outfit in 2017 for a world record £200million. 1PSG star Neymar is facing trial over his move to Barcelona five years agoCredit: Getty But legal proceedings are now said to have been opened against the Brazilian forward and the trial will take place just FOUR WEEKS before his country's World Cup campaign gets underway. According to Fox Sports, former Barcelona presidents Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu are also to be tried as they face allegations of "corruption and fraud" relating to Neymar's move from Santos to the Nou Camp in 2013. The trial will go ahead from October 17 to 31. And prosecutors are thought to be wanting a two-year prison sentence for the South American footballer. More to follow. Most read in Premier League'DEVASTATED' Mum's tribute to 'wonderful boy' after Brit, 22, killed by helicopter bladesBABY LOVE Kardashian fans go wild after Kourtney posts pic of Khloe touching her BABY BUMP'GROW SILENTLY' Hoda shares cryptic quote after...
    FANS have ripped into Neymar after he pulled out a "world class dive" in a meaningless pre-season friendly. The Paris Saint-Germain star took a theatrical tumble as he tried to win a penalty in a nothing match against Japanese side Gamba Osaka. 2Neymar hit the deck during a pre-season game in JapanCredit: https://twitter.com/soccerugfilez 2Fans on social media have mocked him for a 'world class dive'Credit: https://twitter.com/soccerugfilez pic.twitter.com/aKeWdhgRTm— Out Of Context Football (@nocontextfooty) July 25, 2022 Dribbling with the ball in the box, Neymar cleverly used his left foot to cut back inside to open up the chance to shoot or cross with his right. But instead of doing that, he crumpled to the floor after Gamba Osaka defender Genta Miura went to ground to try and tackle him. And while it looked like Miura made the SLIGHTEST bit of contact with Neymar, the Brazilian immediately hit the deck - with many fans certain it was a blatant dive. The referee bought a ticket to Neymar's theatre show though and awarded PSG a penalty for Miura's challenge. Read More...
    JOELINTON wants Brazil legend Neymar to join him at Newcastle from Paris Saint-Germain - saying Toon’s No10 shirt is waiting for him.  Neymar has reportedly been told by PSG chiefs he is no longer wanted at the Parc de Princes.  3Neymar looks to be on his way out of PSG after five years in the French capitalCredit: Rex 3Joelinton (right) said he will get Samba pal Bruno Guimaraes to invite Neymar to NewcastleCredit: Getty 3Joelinton is desperate for Brazil legend Neymar to join him on TynesideCredit: Getty The likes of Chelsea and Manchester United have both shown an interest in the 30-year-old, but Newcastle are possibly the only club that could afford his mammoth £490,000-a-week wages.  Newcastle’s Samba star Joelinton was joined in the North East by compatriot Bruno Guimaraes in July - and he revealed he will get Bruno to turn agent and invite Neymar to Tyneside.  Speaking on the Cast FC podcast, Joelinton said: “We can get him a spot. If he comes it will be…I can’t explain it.  “The man is an idol, huge in world football,...
    GERMAN Athletics star Alica Schmidt has over 3million followers on Instagram. But the 23-year-old runner has insisted she only wants to be "perceived as an athlete" despite being known as the world’s sexiest athlete. 8Alica Schmidt is known as the world's sexiest athleteCredit: Instagram / @aliciasmd / Puma 8The German 400m runner has 3million followers on InstagramCredit: EPA 8Schmidt recently met Neymar and challenged him to a raceCredit: Instagram / @alicasmd Schmidt was snubbed from Germany's Olympics team last summer when she was was an unused substitute for the 4x400m mixed relay event. But despite limited success on the track, Schmidt has shot to stardom off it. She was spotted hanging out with Paris Saint-Germain ace Neymar last month, and has been picking up gigs in TV and modelling alongside her running. Speaking to Bild on rubbing shoulders with global megastars, Schmidt said: "These are all moments and experiences that I really appreciate." More From The Beautiful GameYACHTS OF FUN Best pals Messi and Cesc enjoy Ibiza break with families on £70k-a-week yacht Schmidt was pictured alongside Neymar and...
    NEYMAR has been spotted playing in the high-stakes World Series Poker tournament in Las Vegas, but was eliminated in his first day. The Paris-Saint Germain star is a real Poker enthusiast, with the Brazilian even admitting he wants to go pro after he hangs up his football boots. 2Neymar made his first in-person appearance as a playerCredit: Getty 2Neymar couldn't come out on top this time aroundCredit: Getty View this post on Instagram A post shared by World Series Of Poker (@wsop) Although, it seems he still has some way to go before he is able to win a tournament with the big boys. Neymar, 30, entered the Las Vegas tournament as one of 74 entrants on the first day of the three-day competition which has a reported prize pool of nearly £709,000. According to on-site reports from PokerStars, Neymar was very active in his style of play, fighting for every pot and playing lots of hands in a bid to come out on top. The buy-in for the competition was said to be over £8,200, or $10,000,...
    TOKYO (AP) — Brazil coach Tite has had the full four-year cycle to prepare for this year’s World Cup in Qatar, unlike 2018 in Russia when he took over in the middle of the cycle after Dunga was fired. Fresh from beating South Korea 5-1 on Thursday in Seoul, Brazil faces Japan on Monday in an international friendly in Tokyo. Brazil has not lost since falling 1-0 against Argentina in the Copa America final almost a year ago. Japan could be a good omen. Brazil’s under-23 team won Olympic gold last year in Tokyo, and Brazil’s last World Cup title came in 2002 in nearby Yokohama in a World Cup co-hosted by Japan and South Korea. “In a period of four years you can do a better job,” Tite said Sunday, speaking at Japan’s new National Stadium, venue for the Tokyo Olympics that were delayed by a year. “In that period you can see many mistakes, but many good things. You see a lot of players. And now we are seeing a new generation in terms of offense.” Neymar scored...
    NEYMAR and Son-Heung Min paid each other the greatest level of respect by swapping shirts after Brazil’s 5-1 win over South Korea. The pair were all smiles as they held up each other’s jersey in the changing rooms following the final whistle on Thursday. 3Neymar and Son-Heung Min swapped shirts after Brazil's 5-1 win over South KoreaCredit: Instagram / @neymarjr 3Neymar's two penalties saw him move four goals off all-time leading Brazil scorer PeleCredit: Rex And Tottenham star Son was beaming from ear-to-ear despite the brutal score-line in Seoul. But Neymar’s grin was even wider after closing in on Pele's goal record for Brazil. The Paris Saint-Germain ace netted two penalties to send the Samba Boys to victory in the South Korean capital. Neymar now has 73 goals for his country. READ MORE SUN STORIESENG IT TO WIN IT England's likely path to WC glory involves ties against France and BrazilPEP TALK Guardiola 'offered Brazil manager job but will need to slash Man City wages' And he is just FOUR strikes off all-time leading goalscorer Pele. Meanwhile, further goals in...
    SEOUL (AP) — A pair of Neymar penalties helped Brazil start its World Cup preparations with a comprehensive 5-1 win over South Korea in an international friendly on Thursday. English Premier League stars Richarlison, Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus were also on the scoresheet. It was a chastening evening for the South Koreans with the five-time world champion too strong in all areas of the field. Richarlison silenced the 66,000 fans who filled Seoul World Cup Stadium to capacity after just seven minutes with an opportunistic strike. The Everton forward diverted a low shot from Fred high into the South Korean net from close range. South Korea will make a 10th successive World Cup appearance at Qatar later this year in a group with Uruguay, Portugal and Ghana. It struggled to get joint EPL golden boot winner Son Heung-min into the game but was back on level terms on the half-hour with a well-worked goal. Wolverhampton attacker Hwang Hee-chan found Hwang Ui-jo in the area and the Bordeaux striker turned Thiago Silva to fire a shot past the diving...
    PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN trickster Neymar received a taste of his own medicine after being embarrassed by panna world champion Jack Downer. The 30-year-old is so often the star of the show where he wows supporters with his dazzling skills and Brazilian flair. 4Brazilian forward Neymar was nutmegged by freestyler Jack Downer out in QatarCredit: Instagram: @streetpanna 4Downer then put the ball through the PSG star's legs for a second time in a video he postedCredit: Instagram: @streetpanna Just last month the ex-Barcelona star reminded supporters of his quality as he scored a stunning second against Lorient after gloriously nutmegging Fabien Lemoine. And the 2016 Olympic gold medallist has now been on the receiving end after being shown up by panna expert Downer. Neymar and his PSG team-mates took a trip to Doha in Qatar last week ahead of their final Ligue 1 game of the season where they beat Metz 5-0. While in the Gulf nation, Neymar tested himself in a one-v-one against the 2020 Super Ball World Championship winner. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jack Downer...
    PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN are open to selling Neymar this summer - but only Newcastle can afford the striker, according to reports. SunSport revealed that PSG planned to offload the 30-year-old attacker after tying down Kylian Mbappe to a bumper new contract worth £500million. 2PSG are open to selling Neymar but only Newcastle can afford the attackerCredit: Rex 2Neymar's fraught relationship with Mbappe is one of the main reasons PSG are keen on getting rid of the BrazilianCredit: Rex The orders to sell the Brazil international reportedly came straight from PSG's owners in Qatar. But the Ligue 1 champions could be lumbered with Neymar due to his hefty price tag. Unless Newcastle come to the rescue as they're the only club who can afford him, according to L'Equipe. PSG paid £198million for Neymar when they brought him from Barcelona and will want to recoup the majority of his fee. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLTransfer news live Mbappe was 'in talks' with Liverpool, Mane reaches Bayern 'breakthrough' On top of his transfer fee, Neymar also rakes in an eye-watering £490,00-a-week in Paris. And only...
    PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN trickster Neymar received a taste of his own medicine after being embarrassed by two freestylers. The 30-year-old is so often the star of the show where he wows supporters with his dazzling skills and Brazilian flair. 4Brazilian forward Neymar was nutmegged by freestyler Jack Downer out in QatarCredit: Instagram: @streetpanna 4Downer then put the ball through the PSG star's legs for a second time in a video he postedCredit: Instagram: @streetpanna 4Neymar was also schooled by 2014 Women's Panna world champion Lisa ZimoucheCredit: Instagram: @lisa.zimouche Just last month the ex-Barcelona star reminded supporters of his quality as he scored a stunning second against Lorient after gloriously nutmegging Fabien Lemoine. And the 2016 Olympic gold medallist has now been on the receiving end after being shown up by two Panna stars. Neymar and his PSG team-mates took a trip to Doha in Qatar last week ahead of their final Ligue 1 game of the season where they beat Metz 5-0. While in the Gulf nation, Neymar tested himself in a one-v-one against 2020 Super Ball World Championship winner Jack...
    NEYMAR sure knows how to have a good time. And the notorious partier and all-round flash king is never too far away from a queue of glamorous ladies. 13Neymar took time away from PSG training to head to the eventCredit: Getty 13Alica Schmidt dazzled in her black dress and white shoesCredit: Splash 13He even did a few keepy-uppies in his expensive bootsCredit: Splash 13Schmidt joked to her millions of fans if the pair should raceCredit: Instagram @alicasmd So throw together the world's most expensive footballer, the "world's sexiest athlete" Alica Schmidt, a pair of £1,400 boots and an electric car unveiling and it is a recipe for success for the Brazilian. He appeared at the launch for the Next.e.GO Wave X Mobile car in Berlin, rocking the pair of bonkers, and eye-wateringly expensive - Louis Vuitton black ankle Oberkampf shoes. And although they may not quite be like his record-breaking Puma football boots, he proved he has still got his world-class skill with some cheeky keepy-uppies. Neymar's suave black jacket and hat matched the outfit from fellow ambassador...
    NEYMAR sure knows how to have a good time. And the notorious partier and all-round flash king is never too far away from a queue of glamorous ladies. 13Neymar took time away from PSG training to head to the eventCredit: Getty 13Alica Schmidt dazzled in her black dress and white shoesCredit: Splash 13He even did a few keepy-uppies in his expensive bootsCredit: Splash 13Schmidt joked to her millions of fans if the pair should raceCredit: Instagram @alicasmd So throw together the world's most expensive footballer, the "world's sexiest athlete" Alica Schmidt, a pair of £1,400 boots and an electric car unveiling and it is a recipe for success for the Brazilian. He appeared at the launch for the Next.e.GO Wave X Mobile car in Berlin, rocking the pair of bonkers, and eye-wateringly expensive - Louis Vuitton black ankle Oberkampf shoes. And although they may not quite be like his record-breaking Puma football boots, he proved he has still got his world-class skill with some cheeky keepy-uppies. Neymar's suave black jacket and hat matched the outfit from fellow ambassador...
    PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN are reportedly planning to axe Neymar this summer, taking a huge loss on the Brazilian forward in the process. Neymar joined PSG in a blockbuster £198million world-record deal back in 2017. 1PSG are prepared to sell Neymar this summer, according to reportsCredit: Getty But five years on the French giants are open to cutting their losses and parting ways with the 30-year-old. And they are willing to sell Neymar for just £76million, according to Sky Sports via AS. That would see the club take a damaging £122m loss on the samba star, who has failed to deliver the Champions League to Les Parisiens. Although £76m is said to be the minimum PSG are willing to accept, and a bidding war between multiple clubs could push that price higher. Read More In FootballNO MESS-ING PSG plan to keep Messi for another season 'but open to letting Neymar leave' It's expected to be a busy transfer window at PSG with the future of Kylian Mbappe also still up in the air. The 22-year-old...
    NEYMAR and PSG are have fallen out, and the French side are ready to cut ties with the most expensive player ever, according to reports. PSG and their owners in Qatar want to get Neymar out this summer, due to a number of reasons including his injuries and off the pitch problems. 1Neymar has failed to bring the Champions League to Paris.Credit: Alamy This news comes according to reliable According to journalist Romain Molina, via Get French Football News, the Qatari owners have lost patience with the Brazilian. There are reported to be numerous issues that Neymar brings with his immense talent, including a poor agent-club relationship, constant injury problems, off the pitch issues and a lack of on pitch results. This week Neymar failed to produce the impact needed to get PSG into the Champions League quarter-finals, as they were eliminated by Karim Benzema and Real Madrid, before he had a row with Donnarumma. Neymar is now 30 years old, and having cost PSG £190million, they would be lucky to receive half of that investment back in a...
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