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Marquinhos: “Messi is not Argentine, nor is Cristiano Portuguese…”

It seemed that Brazil could parade in the world Cup. But the 2-0 against Serbia on the first date of Group G cost more than expected; even more so with the drop in Neymar for the remainder of the first round. Marquinhos, a key player in Tite’s team, in the run-up to the duel against Switzerland, rescued the union of the group to cover up the lack of 10 and He released a surprising phrase about Lionel Messi y Cristiano Ronaldo.

Marquinhos, a wall against Serbia. (EFE)

Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

“Messi is not Argentine, Cristiano is not Portuguese… They go further than that. They are a privilege for football. For people who love this sport, the tournaments, the competition, are a treasure. They don’t belong only to their countries,” said the center-back about the 10 and 7, who scored goals in their respective World Cup matches.

Regarding the possibility that it will be the last World Cup for Leo, but also for Neymar, the PSG man expressed: “We all enjoy their presence, to see them play. I have played with Neymar, with Messi, and I benefit from their presence. Life goes on, other generations will come, but we must enjoy them as much as we can“.

Brazil, before the possibility of qualifying.  (AFP)Brazil, before the possibility of qualifying. (AFP)

Neymar’s injury

Brazil’s party could not be complete with the injury of number 10, which would sideline him, at least, for the entire group stage. “We need time to digest it. Neymar was sad because he dreamed of this a lot,” Marquinhos said. And he added: “Now he is working 24 hours a day to recover and be ready as soon as possible. We don’t know how long it will take, but I hope he will be ready as soon as possible. I see him with great confidence for his recovery“.

However, despite not being able to count on Ney, the defender trusts the group to carry out the duel against Switzerland. “I wish we could have Neymar and Danilo. I wish we could have them all 100%, but we are prepared and we are confident. We want to show that our group is prepared for any difficulty that arises in the World Cup“, he stated.

Richarlison’s goals against Serbia

Brazil’s selection27-11-2022

Richarlison opened the account for Brazil

Brazil’s selection27-11-2022

Great goal by Richarlison for the 2 to 0 of Brazil

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