The 30-year-old says that the Barcelona forward "makes the difference" for his country and can lead the Selecao to World Cup glory on home soil, with two goals already
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"Everyone knows that, in our team, Neymar is the player who makes the difference," the 30-year-old told L'Equipe.
"Our opponents are forced to impose particular marking [systems on Neymar]. If it is an off-day [for him], our group has the capacity to find other solutions to be effective.
But often we try to bring the game to Neymar because he is our star."
Luiz Felipe Scolari's men go into their final group match against the already-eliminated Cameroon knowing that, if they were to lose in Brasilia and Croatia and Mexico to draw, they would be out of the tournament.