World Cup: Brazil defeat is saddest moment of my career, says Neymar

Neymar leaves his team's hotel in Kazan on July 7, 2018, a day after five-time champions Brazil crashed out of the World Cup.
Neymar leaves his team's hotel in Kazan on July 7, 2018, a day after five-time champions Brazil crashed out of the World Cup.PHOTO: AFP

SOCHI, Russia (REUTERS) - Less than a day after being knocked out the World Cup by Belgium, Brazilian striker Neymar said he will find it hard to return to club football.

The Paris St Germain player came to Russia as one of the potential leading lights but he did not live up to his own high standards and left saying the 2-1 quarter-final defeat was the low point of his footballing life.

"I can tell you this is the saddest moment of my career, the pain is huge because we know that we could have gone far, we knew that we had what it takes to go further, to make history... but it wasn't to be this time," Neymar said on Instagram.

"It is hard to find the strength to want to return to play football again but I am sure that God will give me strength to face whatever is in front of me," he added.

"Very happy to be part of this team, I am proud of everyone, they interrupted our dream but they did not remove it from our head nor from our hearts."

Brazil were knocked out in an enthralling end-to-end encounter in Kazan on Friday (July 6) that ended their chances of winning the World Cup for a record sixth time.

Posso dizer que é o momento mais triste da minha carreira, a dor é muito grande porque sabíamos que poderíamos chegar, sabíamos que tínhamos condições de irmos mais além, de fazer história .. mas não foi dessa vez. Difícil encontrar forças pra querer voltar a jogar futebol, mas tenho certeza que Deus me dará força suficiente pra enfrentar qualquer coisa, por isso nunca deixarei de te agradecer Deus, até mesmo na derrota... porque eu sei que o teu caminho é muito melhor do que o meu 🙏🏽❤️ Muito feliz em fazer parte desse time, estou orgulhoso de todos, interromperam nosso sonho mas não tiraram da nossa cabeça e nem dos nossos corações 🙏🏽❤️ . . . 📷 @nogueirafoto

Neymar will arrive back in Brazil on Sunday morning for a holiday before returning to Paris for the French league season.