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Brazil star Neymar is preparing to ‘leave the national team’ according to team-mate Rodrygo

Brazilian star Neymar is preparing to ‘leave the national team’ according to team-mate Rodrygo – who claims the PSG forward has ALREADY promised to hand over his number 10 shirt to the rising Real Madrid star

  • Real Madrid’s Rodrygo says Neymar is preparing to ‘leave the national team’
  • The PSG attacker is expected to play his last tournament with Brazil this year
  • Neymar is second on Brazil’s all-time scorers list with 74 goals
  • Rodrygo also claims that Neymar chose him to inherit the number 10 shirt
  • Click here for all the latest 2022 World Cup news and updates

Brazilian star Rodrygo has claimed that Neymar is preparing to “leave the national team” and has already agreed to give his number 10 shirt to someone.

The PSG forward, who is second on Brazil’s all-time top scorers list, is expected to play his final tournament with his national team at the World Cup in Qatar later this year, amid reports of retirement.

Neymar has also reportedly told his teammates who he has decided to inherit his number 10 shirt – a number worn by the likes of Pele, Ronaldinho and Kaka.

According to Real Madrid's Rodrygo, Neymar (above) is preparing to retire

According to Real Madrid’s Rodrygo, Neymar (above) is preparing to retire

Rodrygo (above) claims he will inherit Neymar's number 10 shirt for the national side

Rodrygo (above) claims he will inherit Neymar’s number 10 shirt for the national side

In an interview with PodPah via ESPN, Rodrygo revealed: ‘Neymar said ‘I’m already leaving the national team and 10 is yours’. I didn’t even know what to say to him.

“I was ashamed, I giggled and didn’t even know what to say right. I told him that he had to play some more, that I didn’t want that anymore and all that. And then he laughed.’

The PSG star made his debut for Brazil at the age of 18 in 2010 and scored after 28 minutes with a well-taken header against the United States.

He scored 74 goals in 119 games across all competitions, but failed to win significant trophies as his national team was injured during their 2019 Copa America success.

The PSG star is just three goals behind Pele in the race to become Brazil's all-time top scorer

The PSG star is just three goals behind Pele in the race to become Brazil’s all-time top scorer

It was reported elsewhere that Neymar has no intention of leaving PSG, despite the club may need to cut costs to meet UEFA’s financial requirements.

PSG’s finances have come under scrutiny in recent years and the French giants are the subject of a complaint lodged by LaLiga with UEFA.

Neymar is a prime candidate to be sold if PSG urgently needs to balance their books, given his status in the game and huge pay package – which L’Equipe claims is £43million gross per season.

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