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Lazaroni: Neymar and Brazil will rule the world in 2022
“Brazil’s performance in Buenos Aires is very important in the long term for the team,” Lazaroni told www.sc.qa, Such occasions creates a platform for rising talents to showcase what they are made of. “It is the first chance for our talented youngsters to work as a group.
Lazaroni, nevertheless reckons that, while Russia 2018 may come as big stage for “Brazil’s Golden Generation” – just as Italy 1990 did for Dunga and Romario – He believes Brazil can win their sixth World cup title in Qatar 2022 where Neymar Jnr will be established as the biggest star on the planet. The Barcelona forward, who scored a wonder goal for his club against Villarreal earlier this week, will return from an international suspension against Argentina.
“Another Golden Brazilian generation is emerging with Neymar, Oscar, Lucas Moura, Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Roberto Firmino and Douglas Costa etc. They will be fully grown and matured as a team by Qatar 2022. I think Russia 2018 might come a bit too soon for them. Dunga’s role will be to foster the golden generation into a team unit.
“They are all in their early-20s and can follow in the footsteps of Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho and Kaka, who won the fifth title in 2002. With the World Cup returning to Asia in 2022, it is the perfect timing for the next golden generation to bring home the sixth title, what we call in Brazil the hepta.
It would be a fantastic occasion to win with the Middle East hosting the region’s first ever World Cup. The people of the region will lift Brazil just as it did in South Korea and Japan in 2002.”
Neymar Jnr has scored 46 goals in 67 internationals games for Brazil and Sebastiao Lazaroni believes he will be at the peak of his career in 2022: “According to stats, Neymar is better than Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo when they were at a similar age. He will be at the peak of his technical prowess in Russia 2018. Players normally start reaching full maturity when they are between 26 and 28. In 2022, Neymar will be 30 and the complete package as a player. While he will still be a force to reckon with technically, he will be more mature than in Russia.”