Neymar will star at the World Cup, says Thiago Silva

Maya Yoshida and Neymar Japan Brazil

The Paris Saint-Germain captain claims that his Brazil teammate will be the star of the tournament in their homeland.

Brazil defender Thiago Silva believes that international teammate Neymar will be the star of the World Cup.

The Barcelona superstar scored his 31st international goal against Panama on Tuesday with a superbly taken free kick in the first half, before claiming an assist as he set up Hulk with a delightful back-heeled through ball just after the restart.

Paris Saint-Germain captain Silva, who will have his international defensive partner David Luiz with him at Parc des Princes next term, thinks that Neymar has the quality to be the outstanding player in Brazil.

Speaking to Mundo Deportivo, the centre-back said: "Our strength has always been the collective quality of our group. We're good as a team, we're ready and we hope to have a great World Cup.

"But certainly Neymar is a triumph of individuality. Neymar will be the World Cup's star.

"We have confidence we can win. I will do it for all of us, all Brazilians, to live that special moment."

Speaking to reporters after the victory on Tuesday, coach Luiz Felipe Scolari revealed that Neymar was given the full game in an effort to boost his fitness levels.

The Brazil boss also admitted that he won't be making wholesale changes to his squad as he finalises his preparation for the World Cup.

Scolari said: "No, I would not have kept [Neymar] out - he was left on for 90 minutes because he needs rhythm. He won't be spared unless something happens. Every day he has a different play, he improvises very well.

"For the next game, no player will be spared. Those who are already in the team will be able to play, I will have all players available and the idea is to put out all of the players who can start against Croatia."

Despite an inconsistent first season at Camp Nou, Neymar is the undouted star of La Selecao and much will be expected of the forward in his homeland this summer.

The five-time world champions kick off the competition with a game against Croatia on June 12, before playing Mexico on June 17 and Cameroon six days later.

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