Brazil football legend, Ronaldo de Lima, believes Neymar is Brazil’s great hope for the World Cup and the future.
The double World Cup winner insists the current Brazil squad is ‘really strong’ and has ‘much more confidence’ than his generation, which won the World Cup in 2002.
"Neymar is a fantastic kid, so talented, he is our great hope for the future,” Ronaldo told reporters.
"I believe that the squad we have for 2014 is really strong. We have a balanced team, full of a lot of talent.
"Brazil are entering the World Cup with much more confidence that we had when we entered the World Cup in 2002.
"Another thing is that we are playing at home, this makes me really wish I were a few years younger and 45 pounds lighter. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Playing at home in front of our fans."
With 15 goals, Ronaldo is the leading all-time goal-scorer in World Cup history and he hopes that Germany’s Miroslav Klose (14 goals) won’t break his record.
"I wouldn't say that I am not sleeping because of the chance of Klose breaking the record, but I am sending some bad towards him, perhaps just a little," Ronaldo added.
“However, whatever I do doesn't really matter, records are made to be broken by others.”
Ronaldo also revealed his disappointment with Brazil’s World Cup preparation, saying he is “ashamed that only 30 percent of all things that were promised will be done in time for the World Cup to get underway.”
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