Neymar don't care about the Golden Boot
Brazil star Neymar says his only concern is realising his dream of winning the tournament with Brazil
Brazil star Neymar says he is not concerned about winning the Golden Boot at the World Cup and is only interested in winning the tournament.
The 22-year-old has been one of the stars of the tournament, scoring four goals in the three group stage games, meaning he sits just one behind current top scorer James Rodriguez.
But Neymar says he has no interest in taking the competition's individual accolades.
"I don't want to be the best player; I don't want to be the top scorer," he told Times of India. "All I want is to win the World Cup title.
"It's what I always dreamed about. It doesn't matter how it happens, I just want to win the title. All I want to do is play football and help my team-mates and my team. I hope the dream ends with us winning the title.
"Not only by scoring goals but also by doing everything possible to help Brazil win."
The hosts came extremely close to exiting the tournament in the second round as they had to beat Chile on penalties. Neymar, though, who was pictured crying into coach Luiz Felipe Scolari's shoulder after the game, says he didn't feel any pressure throughout the match.
"I was calm. I felt no fear. Fear removes the desire to win," he said. "We knew that we would be playing a great team but there was no fear. Now, we just want to go into the quarter-finals and keep winning.
"There is no pressure when you are living your dream. I'm doing what I've wanted to do since I was a kid. Today, my dream is coming true; I'm playing the matches that I've always wanted to play.
"We really suffered against Chile. It was pure emotion. My tears after the game were of happiness. The desire to win and get through to the next round was huge. It was the most I have ever suffered in football. The game had everything.
"For me, it is an honour to be where I am, and to be wearing the shirt of Brazil, especially in a World Cup and that too in your own country."
The Barcelona player also praised Scolari, saying the entire team respects him.
"Scolari is very important. The players love having him as coach. We all respect him, but it works two ways," he added.
"He is the sort of man that if you show him respect he will show you respect. We are all so happy to be playing under him. He is very clear that only winning the World Cup will do. We all feel the same."
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