Brazil Striker Neymar Happy to Be Back on Pitch, 80% Ready for FIFA World Cup

© AP Photo / Lynne SladkyBarcelona's Lionel Messi, left, and Neymar, right, stand on the field during a break in the action during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match against Real Madrid, Saturday, July 29, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, and Neymar, right, stand on the field during a break in the action during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match against Real Madrid, Saturday, July 29, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil striker Neymar, who played in his first match on June 3, after being sidelined for three months with a foot injury, says he is 80 percent ready for the upcoming FIFA World Cup, French media reported.

The 26-year-old played 45 minutes in a friendly against Croatia, scoring one goal to inspire Brazil to a 2-0 victory.

"It's been just three months since the injury. To be back and to do what I like most [in life], to play football, and to score a goal as well, is a great joy. I'm very happy. Yes, I'm not absolutely confident about my shape, but it's natural when you spend so much time without playing. I feel that I'm 80 percent ready," Neymar was quoted as saying by the French newspaper L'Equipe on Sunday.

Neymar has made 84 international appearances and scored 54 goals for Brazil since his senior debut in 2010, becoming the team's fourth highest-scoring striker, 23 goals behind record-holder Pele.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 27, 2018 Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar reacts during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Montpellier (MHSC) at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris - Sputnik International
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Brazil's final World Cup squad is to be announced later on Monday.

Russia will host its first-ever FIFA World Cup from June 14 to July 15 at 12 stadiums in 11 cities across the country. Five-time champions Brazil have been drawn in Group E along with Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.

 

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