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01:04 PM, June 13, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:16 PM, June 13, 2018

Neymar is our greatest hope, says Ronaldo

Brazil are looking for their sixth world title and according to former Selecao legend Ronaldo, the country's hopes lie with Neymar.

A World Cup winner with Brazil in 2002, Ronaldo has faith in Neymar, he said,  "We hope that he (Neymar) can be our top scorer and can bring the World Cup to Brazil.”

"We hope so. I hope so. And we are ready, I think Brazil has a very good team for that (winning the trophy)." he added.

During the last World Cup, the PSG superstar Neymar got injured which affected Brazil's World Cup hopes as they were handed a humiliating defeat by the mighty Germans -- one that still haunt the Brazil supporters. Surely the Brazilians are looking forward to the 26-year old to retaliate this time and bring the glory home.

"But football is great because you always have another opportunity to change history." he added.

Now Neymar is ready and the forward he has the ability to achieve what Ronaldo had in 2002. The 26-year-old comes into the World Cup having come back from a metatarsal injury. Ronaldo himself is not unfamiliar with injuries and he recalled how long it took for him to prepare for 2002 World Cup. In the end, he felt that because of all the adversitites, the victory attained greater meaning.

"For sure the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan was my favorite," he recalled. "We won. Not just because we won but before the World Cup I got a very difficult injury and a long time for recovering.

"And after all that, after two years recovery we won the World Cup and that is my favorite World Cup ever."

Neymar may not have the all-star supporting cast that Ronaldo enjoyed 16 years ago, but this current Brazil squad's strength lies in their coach Tite and his ability to get them playing as a team.

"People are so excited in Brazil waiting for another win. It's been a long time," he says with a smile.

"For us it's a long time, believe me." he concluded.

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