Despite wide held belief that the suffocating stature of Argentinaâ€™s Lionel Messi in FC Barcelona was one of the principal reasons that Brazilâ€™s Neymar had to leave the club for Paris Saint Germain some weeks ago, the Brazilian is reportedly saying that he was happy that his old club mate inspired his country to the World Cup.
Brazilâ€™s 3-0 win over Chile also on Tuesday also offered assistance in seeing Argentina avoiding the play-off rout to the World Cup. Neymar played for 84 minutes in the Brazil defeat of Chile, a game some Brazilian fans had openly wanted Brazil to lose as a way of inflicting torture on Argentina.
“I’m happy to see a friend participate in such an important competition. I also have friends in the Chile team but we’re men. We have to play to win every game,â€ť remarked Neymar. Brazilâ€™s defeat of Chile means the likes of Alexis SĂˇnchez and Arturo Vidal would not be present in Russia next summer.
Messi ensured Argentina’s participation in next year’s World Cup in Russia after scoring an outstanding hat-trick to help claim a vital 3-1 victory over Ecuador on Tuesday night.