Neymar was on television just a day after suffering a back injury that has ruled him out of the rest of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The forward was the talisman of the home team's campaign, his four goals helping ensure their progress to the semi-finals. But his injury means that Brazil is in a sombre mood ahead of their next match against Germany on Tuesday.
He released a short video through the Brazilian football association on Thursday (above).
Though he speaks in Portuguese, a translation has been made (via Yahoo! Sports):
I'm certain that my team mates will do everything possible so that my dream, which is to be a champion, comes true.
My dream was also to play in a World Cup final but this time it didn't work out.
But God willing, they're going to win this, they're going to be champions, and I'm going to be by their side, with them. And all us Brazilians are going to be celebrating.
According to The Guardian, Neymar then went on to appear on a Brazilian TV program, leaving those who saw it, the presenter included, tearful.
The report adds that Neymar is now back in Sao Paulo for treatment. His club commitments will then see him return to Barcelona for the 2014-15 campaign.
But whether the injury galvanises the team for the final two games or leaves them short of the quality they need up front to win the tournament remains to be seen.
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