Brazil coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari, has admitted the Selecao depend as much on Neymar as Argentina depend on Lionel Messi.
Neymar scored his third and fourth World Cup goal in Brazil’s 4-1 win over Cameroon on Monday and almost singlehandedly ensured his country’s progress to the last 16.
"Brazil depend on Neymar like Argentina depend on Messi," Scolari told reporters in his post-match press conference.
"They are players who are different and can make the difference for their respective teams.
"Neymar is a point of reference to Brazil, like Messi is to Argentina."
Brazil toped their group to avoid Netherlands in the last 16, but Scolari told the press that he would have preferred another opponent over Chile.
"Many thought that Chile wouldn't make it out of their group, but I'm not surprised. They have a lot of quality.
"If I had had the chance to choose an opponent I would have picked another team. I would have preferred not to meet Chile.
"It is always difficult to play against South American opposition. Chile have a lot of individual quality and are very well organised."
Neymar, only 22, has now moved into fifth position in Brazil’s all-time scoring charts with 35 goals, overtaking Ronaldinho (33) and Rivaldo (34).
Only Romario (55), Bebeto (55), Ronaldo (62), Zico (66) and Pele (77) lie ahead of him.
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