Barcelona superstar Neymar says there are “a lot of titles to be conquered”, but admits that his ultimate ambition is to taste World Cup glory with Brazil.
The 25-year-old was unable to guide his nation to global glory on home soil in 2014, with an untimely injury forcing him to miss a semi-final humbling by eventual winners Germany.
He was, however, to inspire gold medal success at the 2016 Olympic Games and give a fanatical fan base a moment to savour.
His focus since then has switched back to domestic matters at Camp Nou, with Barca once again competing for major honours on multiple fronts, but Neymar is already piecing together plans for next summer in Russia.
In an exclusive interview with Red Bull Content Pool, the Samba star said: “It would be a big honour for me, it’s a dream I have to keep playing for the Brazilian football team, to score goals and help the team the best way I can.
“And, well, I hope I’m able to keep scoring, keep setting records, that makes me happy. I don’t want to be better than anyone, all I want is to be better than myself. For me, that’s what really matters.
“I’m not anxious, but I’m already thinking about the World Cup. I am a daydreamer; I can’t stop thinking, imagining how it would be to win a World Cup. But I will work hard, so that I’m prepared for 2018.
“I have many (ambitions). I still have many things to do, there’s a lot of titles to be conquered.”
Neymar will be hoping to have added more medals to his collection by the time the 2018 World Cup rolls around, with his forward partnership with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at Barcelona among the most devastating in the game.
He did recently endure a barren run of more than 1000 minutes without finding the target, but he has been back among the goals of late and is looking to finish the season on a high.
Neymar added: “It’s complicated when you’re not scoring goals, especially if you play up front, where the expectations are the highest.
“So it’s bad, it’s annoying, but it’s not the first thing I worry about. I focus on winning the match, no matter if it’s me, or a fellow player who scores. Then I think about scoring, about finding a way to get rid of the jinx.
“I know it’s a little hard (to win the title), but nothing is impossible. Last year, we were 12 points ahead of second place and we won by one or two, if I’m not mistaken.
“There’s still a lot of games to go, a lot of matches, anything can happen, and we’re really focused, we are thirsty for the title and we’re going for it.”