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Paris Saint Germain forward Neymar wishes to play in the MLS

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Brazil international and Paris Saint Germain (PSG) forward Neymar wishes to play in Major League Soccer (MLS) in the future. His is contracted with the French giants till June 2025. But the Brazilian has already begun considering his future.

He was asked about retirement on a podcast. A 30-year-old Neymar stated that he would like to hang up his boots in Brazil: “I don’t know. I have some doubts about that. I don’t know if I’ll play in Brazil again.”

I’d love to play in the U.S., actually. I’d love to play there at least for a season.

Giving a reason for his statement, the ex-Barcelona man said: “First of all, their season is shorter, so I’d get three months’ vacation” while pausing for a hearty laugh and continued: “I’d play many more years.”

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior made his professional debut aged 17 with Brazil club Santos. He added that he was not sure how much longer he would play before finally settling down. “I joke with my friends that I will retire when I’m 32,” said Neymar.

But it’s just a joke. I don’t know. Honestly, I will play until I’m mentally tired. If my mental health is ok and my body as well… Physically, I think I’ll still last a few years. But my mental health is the most important thing. My contract with Paris will last until I’m 34. So I’ll be playing [at least] until then.” he continued.

Neymar could follow Pele to the MLS

In case Neymar does move to the MLS, he would be following in the footsteps of his idol Pele. The footballing legend spent 2 years at New York Cosmos. Nonetheless, prior to moving to North America, the winger has set some targets he wants to achieve.

Neymar and his team at PSG wish to create history by aiding the club clinch the Champions League for the first time. Les Parisiens stand at a 1-0 advantage over giants Real Madrid in their R16 tie. “Now we’re hoping to make history at Paris Saint-Germain,” Neymar said.

He went on to say that they were eager for the future. The whole was working hard and they need to put their foot to the gas some more. They are, however, hopeful of overcoming the Real Madrid challenge and making history.

World Cup, National Team record in sight

Neymar is also aiming to grab his first World Cup in sight and break Pele’s national team goalscoring record. Presently, he has bagged 70 goals in Brazil colors, 7 behind the legendary Pele.

An optimistic Neymar stated that Brazil would be going on the hunt for the World Cup. It was the wish of every Brazil fan. The forward said he would he honoured to be the “national team’s greatest scorer“. This feat was something he has thought about time and again.

It is a personal objective of his and something he wishes he can go on to achieve. He is highly encouraged to break Pele’s record, the legend being an idol for every Brazilian.

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