World Cup 2022: Pele’s delicate health condition, the main motivation that makes Brazil the top favorite to win at Qatar 2022

In Brazil it is not all joy, of course advancing to the quarterfinals of the World Cup and the way they achieved it is very good, but Pele’s health has everyone worried, players and fans alike, who took out banners in the stadium to send good vibes to the legendary striker.

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Before the match kicked off at the 974 Stadium between Brazil and South Korea, it was time for the official photo, and there the Amazonian team, led by Neymar, took out a banner with the image of Pel to dedicate the match to him.

But it was not only the players on the field, the thousands of fans in the stands also took out several banners alluding to their idol to wish a speedy recovery to the 82-year-old man who gave them three World Cup titles.

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Brazil will have one more match in the World Cup in Qatar, and it will be against Croatia, so it is expected that they will take the field with another show of support so that O’Rei’s health improves in the last few days and he can enjoy the sixth World Championship in Brazil’s trophy cabinet.

Pel was the player who has won the World Cup the most times, as he was the key player for the “Canarinha” to win three of the six most coveted trophies in soccer, winning in Sweden 1958, Chile 1962 and Mexico 1970.

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For now, Neymar wears the mythical #10 immortalized by the legendary Santos player and came within one goal of Pele’s record with Brazil by scoring from a penalty kick during his team’s spectacular 4-1 victory over South Korea in the round of 16 that has placed them as the top favorites to win the title in Qatar 2022.

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In the press conference following Brazil‘s victory over Serbia on Thursday, Tite assured that Neymar will continue in the World Cup, after he came on as a substitute in the 80th minute and upon arriving at the bench covered his face with his shirt and burst into tears while being attended to by the national team’s doctors.

Ney was the target of the Serbian defense throughout the match, as he received nine of the 12 fouls called against Brazil, including a sweep by defender Nikola Milenkovic, who was not even cautioned and, in a reckless sweep, went wide and bent the PSG forward’s right ankle with his knee in a nasty way.

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Brazil’s #10 immediately complained about his right ankle and the medical staff ordered him to leave the field without studs and socks.

Tite’s optimism about Neymar’s state of health

He’s going to continue in the World Cup, you can have that certainty. He felt the pain during the game, but decided to continue. It should be highlighted,” Tite said.

However, the doctor of the ‘Verdeamarelha’, Rodrigo Lasmar, asked for 24 hours to see the evolution of Neymar’s ankle and then be able to give a more accurate diagnosis: “We must be calm, it is early to say anything.”

What is known so far about Neymar’s health?

At the end of the match, Neymar limped out of the mixed zone, with a swollen ankle, although walking on his own feet, with some difficulty. The preliminary diagnosis points to a sprain, which could effectively keep him out.

“We put ice on it and already started treatment. We are waiting 24/48 hours to have a clearer idea of the situation. He will continue with physiotherapy,” the doctor informed. “If there are any new developments, we will report them. Everything will be decided as of tomorrow when we see his evolution. The expectation is for observation. Anything we say is premature and I don’t have a definitive answer to give.”

For his part, Vinicius Jr. conveyed reassurance about his teammate’s health in an interview with TyC Sports: “Neymar is fine. He is a little sad about the blow, but tomorrow morning he will be happy and happy to recover as quickly as possible for the match against Switzerland“.

The shadow of Brazil 2014 and Neymar’s health

In Brazil 2014, Neymar was sidelined in the quarterfinals in the match against Colombia, after receiving a knee to the back from Camilo Ziga, which caused a fracture in a lumbar vertebra.

Ney was sidelined for the rest of the tournament and in the semifinals, Brazil was ugly kicked out of the Cup with a historic defeat against Germany. But that’s not all, historically, Ney Jr. has had many problems with his ankles.

However, other bright names remain on the bench: Antony, Rodrygo Goes or Gabriel Martinelli, to complement Richarlison, Raphinha and Vinicius.