Thiago Silva: Neymar will be star of the World Cup

The Brazil captain believes squad harmony is essential to the hosts' chances but admits the Barcelona forward has the quality to light up the finals
Brazil defender Thiago Silva believes Neymar can be the star of the World Cup.

The 21-year-old scored just nine goals in his first season in La Liga following last summer's move to Barcelona, with off-the-field concerns surrounding his transfer making headlines more frequently than his form for the Blaugrana.

However, the former Santos star was key to Brazil's charge to Confederations Cup glory in 2013, picking up the Golden Ball after being named the tournament's best player, and his international team-mate has no doubt he will light up this summer's finals on home soil once again.

"Our strength has always been the collective quality of our group," Thiago Silva was quoted as saying by Mundo Deportivo. "We're good as a team, we're ready and we hope to have a great World Cup.

"But certainly Neymar is a triumph of individuality. Neymar will be the World Cup's star."

Brazil are the pre-tournament favourites heading into the World Cup as they bid to claim their sixth global crown, and Thiago Silva insists the squad are fully confident they can live up to the weight of expectation.

"We have confidence we can win," added the Paris Saint-Germain skipper.

"I will do it for all of us, all Brazilians, to live that special moment."