Brazil star Neymer could not just hold back the tears as he revealed he had come within few inches of being paralysed.
Giving his first press conference after being hospitalized with a fractured vertebrae in Brazil’s World Cup quarter-final match against Colombia. Neymer also said he disagreed with his agent for calling coach Luiz Felipe Scolari ‘a repulsive and conceited old jerk’.
Neymer also revealed that the Colombia defender Juan Zaniga had called him to apologise for the tackle.
‘Zuniga called me a few days later to apologise and to tell me that he did not intend to hurt me,’ Neymar said. ‘I accept his apology, but I cannot consider that a normal action.
‘I cannot say whether it was intentional, but everyone knows it wasn’t normal. The way he came in, behind me, I couldn’t defend myself.
‘I thank God for helping me, because if that blow had been a few inches lower I would have risked being paralysed.’