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07:46 PM, August 24, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 07:54 PM, August 24, 2020

Neymar revisits Fortaleza, 2014

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian star Neymar was left in tears after an agonising 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League final in Lisbon yesterday. 

In an otherwise uninspiring performance, Neymar had the chance to give Le Parisiens the lead in the first half, but he was denied by an outstanding save from Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer. 

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The PSG talisman was distraught at the final whistle and had to be consoled in the dugout by sporting director Leonardo.

Such a scene -- Neymar breaking down in tears -- is something football fans are familiar with. In 2014, Neymar was seen in tears when he was being carried off on a stretcher in Fortaleza after suffering a fractured vertebra in his back in the closing stages of Brazil's 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia in the 2014 World Cup.

To add to Neymar's woe, Brazil's run in the 2014 World Cup ended soon as a Neymar-less brazil crashed out of the showpiece event through a humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semifinal. 

Six years later, Neymar was at the receiving end of yet another heartbreak when he saw his injury-hit 2020 campaign -- in which the forward scored 19 and created 12 in the 26 games played this season -- come to an end with the defeat to Hansi Flick's Bayern in the Champions League final.   


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