Neymar: Brazil has fallen behind Germany and Spain
In an exclusive interview with Globo television, broadcast on Sunday, 22-year-old Neymar said that Brazil deserved only a seven out of ten for their performance at the World Cup.
The Barcelona star was forced to watch the 7-1 semi-final defeat from his home after he suffered a fractured vertebra in a forceful challenge from Juan Camilo Zuniga in the quarter-final victory over Colombia.
Despite admitting that he would have picked the same 23 players as the now ousted boss Luiz Felipe Scolari, Neymar stated that Brazil has fallen down the pecking order in world football and has no automatic right to success.
"We cried because our childhood dream was to win the competition and we had fought hard to get to where we were.
"I think Brazilian football is behind. It's behind Germany and Spain. We've slipped behind and we have to be man enough to admit it."
The former Santos man struggled to put his finger on exactly why everything went wrong for the Seleção in the latter stages of the competition and refused to blame Scolari.
"There was no particular mistake made by the Selecão. I am not someone who understands a huge amount about tactics.
"I had a leader, one of the best Brazilian coaches I've had. We always trained and gave our all."
Neymar did indicate, however, that the intensity of training in Brazil could be lower than in Europe.
"You train more, but sometimes you train with less determination. That's how Brazilians are."
Brazil are now looking to revamp their footballing structure, with the CBF set to re-appoint former coach Dunga on Tuesday as they look to prepare for the 2015 Copa America in Chile.