Neymar has talked to his Brazil teammates about his future intentions, with the PSG striker preparing to present Rodygo with his national team jersey in the near future.
Rodrygo has stated that Neymar would be departing the Brazil national team shortly, with the Real Madrid winger taking his coveted No.10 shirt when he retires from international football.
With 74 goals in 119 appearances, Neymar is one of the most accomplished Brazilian players of his time. After last year’s Copa America final defeat to Argentina and failure in the World Cup,
the Paris Saint-Germain star has never been able to bring a major prize for his country.
The 30-year-old is expected to compete in this year’s tournament in Qatar, despite reports that he would retire from international football.
Rodrygo is one of a slew of brilliant Brazilians capable of filling Neymar’s shoes, including Vinicius Jr, Richarlison, and Antony.
Rodrygo said in an interview with ESPN’s PodPah that PSG’s Neymar has already ‘promised’ him the shirt after he quits playing for his country.
The 21-year-old has only played five times for Brazil.
“‘I’m already quitting the national team, and 10 is yours,’ Neymar remarked. I couldn’t think of anything to say to him. I was embarrassed, I giggled uncontrollably, and I didn’t know what to say.
I told him he needed to play some more, that I didn’t want to just now, and other such things. Then he laughed, and laughed, and “he stated
Rodrygo appears to have Neymar’s support as Brazil’s next future star, and he isn’t the only one, with Carlo Ancelotti predicting him to be among the greatest in the world.
In their thrilling Champions League semi-final second-leg triumph against Manchester City last month, the former Santos player scored twice.
He said, ” “Zidane predicted that I will be the best player in the world one day. Ancelotti was also heard.
To get there, I attempt to train and improve every day. I was overjoyed. I have a dream, and I know that if I work hard every day, I can achieve it.”
Rodrygo and Neymar have only played together a few times, and they faced off against one other in the Champions League last season, when Karim Benzema’s hat-trick knocked PSG out.
This has fueled speculation about Neymar’s future after he failed to lead his team to the title.
Neymar told Canal Football Club on his future with the club: “It’s got to be Paris.
There are no other clubs available to me, as I am still under contract with Paris Saint-Germain. Yes, Paris Saint-Germain will be involved.”