BRASILIA, 14 JUNE: Brazil superstar Neymar said on Thursday that he was not concerned about having gone nine matches without scoring, as he prepares to spearhead the host country’s challenge at the Confederations Cup.
The 21-year-old, who recently agreed to join Barcelona, will be the main attraction when Brazil kick off the competition against Japan on Saturday, but he says he will be purely focused on helping the team.
"Regardless of whether or not I score goals, which doesn’t mean anything, I’m proud to be with the Brazilian squad," he said during a press conference.
"I can’t behave for the national team as if I was with Santos, where everyone knew me. Here, they still need to get to know me.
"We’re still looking for our best team and I’ll be competing in one of the most important competitions of my career. I’ll improve myself at each training session, every day."
On Saturday, Neymar will once again sport the mythical number 10 shirt once worn by his feted Santos and Brazil predecessor Pele, but he said he felt no added pressure. "I think that the number has no importance, but the Brazil shirt? Yes."