Neymar Suffers from a Tragic Knee Injury

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CUIABA, BRAZIL - OCTOBER 12: Neymar Jr. of Brazil looks on during a FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifier match between Brazil and Venezuela at Arena Pantanal on October 12, 2023 in Cuiaba, Brazil. (Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)

In a qualifying match against Uruguay, Brazilian Soccer star Neymar crashed with midfielder Nicolás de la Cruz. This resulted in Neymar suffering a knee injury. The Brazillian player screamed in pain as paramedics arrived and carried him off on a stretcher.

Brazil's forward Neymar leaves the field crying in pain after an injury during the 2026 FIFA World Cup South American qualification football match between Uruguay and Brazil at the Centenario Stadium in Montevideo on October 17, 2023. Football superstar Neymar has a torn ligament and meniscus in his left knee and will have to undergo surgery after being injured during Brazil's 2-0 loss to Uruguay, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said on October 18. (Photo by Pablo PORCIUNCULA / AFP) (Photo by PABLO PORCIUNCULA/AFP via Getty Images)
Photo by Pablo Porciuncula/AFP via Getty Images)

The Match Continues Despite Neymar’s Knee Injury

The game continued with the 2nd half of the match still ahead. Uruguay pushed their 1-0 lead to 2-0, ultimately winning the qualifying match against Neymar’s team, Brazil. This left Neymar in tears as the team surrounded him, hoping to comfort their teammate. Furthermore, it is said that Brazil is performing poorly under Fernando Diniz, their current coach.

It was discovered that Neymar suffered both an Anterior Cruciate Ligament(ACL) and a Meniscus tear. Al Hilal, which is Neymar’s club, made this announcement. As a result, Neymar will be undergoing surgery and will be going through treatment at a later date. 

Neymar will attempt to undergo recovery and thus will not be returning for this season.

The Brazillian player was once considered the 4th most famous athlete, and even the 3rd most highest paid athlete, in the world. Unfortunately, things aren’t looking bright for him as of this moment. Neymar’s knee injury only adds to his long streak of injuries. One can only imagine what Neymar’s career could have been if he could only compete and perform consistently. 

The Price of Diving

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY - OCTOBER 17: Neymar Jr. of Brazil reacts after being injured during the FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifier match between Uruguay and Brazil at Centenario Stadium on October 17, 2023 in Montevideo, Uruguay. (Photo by Guillermo Legaria/Getty Images)
Photo by Guillermo Legaria/Getty Images

One could say that Neymar’s injury-stricken career is a result of karma, as he has often taken dives in the field. The player often uses the rules to provoke fouls on his opponents. Neymar’s injuries are even challenging for referees to detect.

Having gone through so much in his career, one can only hope that the next time Neymar does hit the field, it’s with fewer injuries, less diving, and way more playing.

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