Neymar vital to Brazil's World Cup aspirations, claims Romario
Brazil legend Romario believes his nation’s World Cup hopes rest solely on the shoulders of Barcelona star Neymar.
The 1994 World Cup winner insists that the Seleção need the 21-year-old fit and in form if they are to triumph at the 2014 World Cup.
He claims that his country have no chance of regaining the world champions crown, which they last won in 2002, on home soil without the Barcelona forward, reports Goal.com
"Neymar is our best player," Romario told Sport.
"He is now playing in one of the most competitive leagues in the world; he is my hope and Brazil's hope."
Neymar played a key role in Brazil's Confederations Cup glory, scoring the second goal in a 3-0 victory over Spain in the final, and that performance coupled with many other impressive displays ensured he was crowned player of the tournament.
Romario went on to admit that he was wrong to criticise the reappointment of Luiz Felipe Scolari as national team coach.
The 47-year-old voiced his views on Scolari taking the reins from Mano Menezes publically but now says he has refined his initial opinion.
He added: "I was one of the greatest critics before the Confederations, but even I would say he turned us into champions."