Brazilian star forward Neymar has joined his teammates preparing for the 3rd place match in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and gave a press conference to reporters.
On the subject of the knee to the back from Colombia’s Carlos Zuniga during Brazil’s quarterfinal win that fractured a vertebra in his back and ended his World Cup, Neymar said that Zuniga later called him to apologize and that he forgave him.
“I don’t know if he was trying to hurt me, but if you understand football you know that it was not a normal challenge,” Neymar said. ”If it had been 2 centimeters to the center…,” he said, struggling to stay composed. ”I could be in a wheelchair.”
With Germany facing Brazil’s fiercest rival, Argentina, in the final, Neymar said he’s rooting for his two Barcelona teammates — Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano — to lift the trophy. Even if they do play for Argentina.
”I’m not cheering for Argentina, I’m cheering for my teammates,” he said. ”He deserves to be a world champion,” he said. ”I’m Messi Football Club.”