Neymar 'scared' ahead of World Cup return

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And the original Ronaldo, who fired Brazil to World Cup victory in 2002 and who played for both Real Madrid and Barcelona in an illustrious career, believes Neymar would be the flawless fit for Los Blancos. He is the one who will allow us to achieve our goals, but in the case of a football team and many things, I cannot afford to make some public statements that other players may not be able to take.

"No-one is as scared as me", Neymar told TV Globo as he nears full fitness.

"I don't decide anything for Real Madrid I'm following it in the Press, but right now I have nothing confirmed", said the Brazilian, reports Football Espana. Brazil will need him to show all the skills that made him the world's most expensive footballer and versatile footballer, with a record €222 million (US$264 million) transfer from Barcelona to PSG last August.

He also failed to fire the Parisians to the latter stages of the Champions League but did manage to pick up the Ligue 1 Player of the Year Award last Sunday despite missing the final part of the their domestic treble-winning season through a broken foot. I think it's one of the most hard I've ever had, because I'm very close to a dream I have, which is the World Cup. "I hope it is my cup".

Neymar was on Tuesday included in the 23-man provisional Brazilian squad for the World Cup which starts in Russian Federation on June 14.

There is however more pressing matters at hand for him with the PSG star set to lead Brazil's charge for their sixth World Cup triumph. If he is to gain match practice before the World Cup his chances will come in warm-up games against Croatia in Liverpool on June 3 and against Austria in Vienna three days later. Brazil will start its World Cup campaign against Switzerland June 17, followed by Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E.

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