Twenty-two year old Neymar Jr. of Brazil took a punishing knee from Columbia's Juan Zuniga on the 4th of July, and suffered a fractured vertebrae that KO'd Neymar from the world cup. Neymar, Brazil's star player who plays for the Spanish club FC Barcelona in La Liga, is a slight 5'9" and 142 lbs.
Anyone who suffers from back pain can imagine what Neymar is feeling. Brazil was the favorite to win the win cup before Neymar's injury. Now Germany is favored just as heavily. Brazil plays Germany in their next game.
Neymar is considered one of the most marketable athletes in the world, along with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Take a look at how the injury occurred:
DO YOU THINK BRAZIL CAN WIN THE WORLD CUP WITHOUT NEYMAR?