After scoring on his comeback from injury, Neymar was “thankful”

After scoring on his comeback from injury, Neymar was "thankful"

Neymar was charitable after receiving the Man of the Match award for Brazil’s 4-1 World Cup quarterfinal victory against South Korea on Monday night.

After suffering an ankle injury only one game into this winter’s competition, the PSG attacker recently returned to training.

Neymar was rumored to be in danger of missing the remainder of the tournament, but he returned Monday evening, scoring a penalty kick in Brazil’s resounding victory.

Neymar thanked those who helped him recover so fast and lauded the work of his teammates after such a tremendous victory when addressing the media following the game.

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“First and foremost, I want to thank God for my strength. To be back on the field, to be able to train, and to do whatever was necessary to return to the field. Thank you to my physiotherapists and colleagues who have supported me over the previous several days.

I’m thrilled to be back in the field of play and am pleased with my performance. It is quite tough to be named the game’s most valuable player since every participant performed well. We felt the need to applaud all the players and are pretty pleased with our performance.

“That’s what we wanted. We wanted to go to the next round, and we wanted to win, and we got both.

Brazil will face Croatia in the quarterfinals on Friday after Croatia defeated Japan in the previous round on penalties.