Neymar Says He Wants To Play In MLS Before Retirement.
Neymar has stated that he wants to play in Major League Soccer before retiring, and that he wants to beat Pele’s scoring record for Brazil at this year’s World Cup.
The 30-year-old has a contract with Paris Saint-Germain until 2025, but he has stated that he would want to complete his career in the United States rather than in his native Brazil.
“I’m not sure if I’ll ever play in Brazil again,” Neymar stated on Brazil legend Ronaldo’s Twitch stream. “I’m not so sure about that.”
Part of the attractiveness of the MLS, according to Neymar, is that the schedule isn’t as demanding as in Europe, which might help him extend his career.
“First of all, their season is shorter, so I’d get three months’ vacation,” Neymar said, laughing.
“I’d play many more years.”
While the Brazilian appears to be looking ahead to the end of his career, he has no plans to retire.
Neymar is constantly under pressure to perform, especially when representing his country, and has stated that he will continue to play as long as he can handle the mental obstacles.
“I joke with my friends that I will retire when I’m 32,” he said.
“But it’s just a joke. I don’t know. Honestly, I will play until I’m mentally tired. If my mental health is OK and my body as well… Physically, I think I’ll still last a few years. But my mental health is the most important thing. My contract with Paris will last until I’m 34. So I’ll be playing [at least] until then.”
Neymar will have another chance to win his first World Cup with Brazil at this year’s tournament in Qatar, when he could also eclipse the legendary Pele’s scoring record for the national team.
Neymar is currently seven goals short of Pele’s 77 international goals.
“We will go in search of the World Cup which is what everyone wants,” Neymar said.
“It would be a great honour to be the national team’s greatest scorer and I would be lying if I said I don’t think about it. Of course, that is one of my personal goals. I hope to achieve it. I do hope I can break Pele’s record because he’s an idol for everyone in Brazil.”