Brazilian star Neymar makes joke over biennial World Cup proposals

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Neymar jokes he wishes the World Cup was made biennial when he was youngster as he would have had ‘more chance of winning one’… while Brazil legend Ronaldo says he is in favour of the proposals but believes the football calendar needs changing

  • FIFA have suggested proposals for the World Cup to be held every two years 
  • The suggestion has faced criticism from many figures in the football world
  • Neymar was quizzed for his take during a podcast with Brazil legend Ronaldo
  • The PSG star joked he would have ‘more chance’ of winning the tournament 
  • Ronaldo is in favour of the plans but feels that changes would have to be made 


Brazilian international Neymar has joked that he would have had a better chance of winning the World Cup if it had been held every two years.

FIFA have suggested proposals that would see the tournament take place every two years, rather than four.

The proposals have led to criticism from various figures within the football world as well as fans, as the issue of player fatigue – which is already a problem – would only worsen. 

Neymar has joked that he would have had a better chance of winning the World Cup if it was biennial

Neymar has joked that he would have had a better chance of winning the World Cup if it was biennial

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar was asked about the subject on the Fenomenos podcast which also starred Brazil legend Ronaldo.

Neymar said: ‘I don’t know what I think about it being every two years.

‘We should have talked about this thing of having the World Cup every two years before, when I was younger, then we would have more chances of winning one.

The closest Neymar has got to World Cup success was the semi-finals back in Brazil 2014

The closest Neymar has got to World Cup success was the semi-finals back in Brazil 2014

FIFA's proposals to make the World Cup every two years has faced much criticism

FIFA’s proposals to make the World Cup every two years has faced much criticism

‘Now that I’m almost done, I don’t know if that’s cool.’

The closest Neymar has come to winning the tournament was back in 2014 when the World Cup was held in Brazil.

Neymar suffered an injury in their quarter-final victory over Colombia and therefore missed the nation’s 7-1 thrashing at the hands of eventual winners Germany.

If the World Cup had been biennial, the 2022 competition would have been his fifth attempt at the tournament rather than just his third.

In the documentary, Neymar and the Line of Kings, the 30-year-old said that this year’s tournament in Qatar would likely be his last. 

As reported by Sky Sports he said: ‘I think it (2022) will be my last World Cup. I am facing it like the last World Cup because I don’t know whether I will be able to, mentally, to endure more soccer.’

Ronaldo who won the World Cup in 2002 would be in favour of a biennial tournament

Ronaldo who won the World Cup in 2002 would be in favour of a biennial tournament

Ronaldo pointed out Neymar as an example of why the football calendar needs modifying

Ronaldo pointed out Neymar as an example of why the football calendar needs modifying

Ronaldo, who was on the podcast with Neymar, said he agreed with the proposals for the biennial World Cup but still felt that work needed to be done on the football calendar.

He said: ‘I would also like to have the World Cup every two years. I think this is a worldwide problem, I don’t know if it will happen, it depends on voting and a big policy change within football, both FIFA and all the confederations. But yes, I do think that they should optimise this calendar. 

‘We see how much mileage the players put in during the year is very big. It is a very big sacrifice. 

‘How many times did Neymar travel to Brazil from Paris last year to play one or two games? And then he got to Paris and had to play in two days. 

‘I think our calendar is one thing that needs to improve a lot in football. It would keep our athletes healthy and improve the entertainment level that the fans get.’

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