Neymar sends World Cup warning to rivals as he stars for Brazil

The Barcelona superstar tormented Panama as Brazil hammered their opponents 4-0 in a World Cup warm-up match on Tuesday.

Neymar delivered a World Cup warning to Brazil's rivals after declaring he wasn't fit despite starring in a 4-0 win over Panama.

The Barcelona superstar scored his 200th career goal with a superb first-half free kick, before setting up Hulk for the third with a backheeled through ball after Dani Alves had earlier made it 2-0.

Chelsea playmaker Willian poked home for 4-0, but it was Neymar who took the plaudits, and despite the sparkling performance, the forward claimed that he was yet to reach peak condition ahead of the World Cup in his homeland.

He told reporters at Estadio Serra Dourado: "I'm not ready yet. I'm still lacking a bit of match fitness and I'm a little tired at the end of the game but we will arrive at the tournament in perfect physical shape. 

"I would like it if there was a little more patience from our fans from the start. We were not used to this pitch but then the team picked up the pace and we were getting used to it and we improved."

Neymar's words are ominous for the likes of Croatia, Cameroon and Mexico, who the five-time winners meet in Group A.

Despite his inconsistent first season in La Liga with Barca, Neymar has continued to thrive with his national team and is now on 31 goals for La Selecao.

Under Luiz Felipe Scolari, the team is largely built around the talented 22-year-old, and far from being shackled by the pressure of being the big hope the Brazilians, the former Santos youngster thrives on being recognised as the team's star man.

While the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will all be in action at the World Cup, Neymar's performances in the famous yellow of Brazil could see him emerge as the true star of the South American tournament.

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