Dani Alves has interesting opinion about Neymar's future in Brazil

Croatia v Brazil: Quarter Final - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
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Dani Alves became the oldest Brazilian player to feature for the nation in a World Cup and he has now announced his retirement from international football.

The Canarinha faced Cameroon in the group stages and Alves started that game, doing so at the experienced age of 39 years and 210 days.

After Brazil crashed out of the World Cup earlier this week losing to Croatia in a penalty shootout, Alves made clear that he's not coming back for the next World Cup with Brazil.

"This World Cup was my last one, for me, it's time to say that," said Alves.

Former PSG player Thiago Silva (38 years old himself) also said that unfortunately, he will "never lift the World Cup as a player." He added, though, that maybe he "will get another chance to lift it in some other role in the future."

Dani Alves and Thiago Silva announced their retirements, but they don't think Neymar's time with Brazil is over yet

Asked about Neymar's future with the Brazil national team, Alves said that he "doesn't think it [is time to retire from international play] for Neymar.

"Neymar is great, Brazilian football needs him to keep going," reasoned the defender.

When asked about his future after the game, Neymar said that he is "not closing any doors on the national team," before adding that he is "also not guaranteeing 100 percent" a future return to the Canarinha.

"I need to think a bit more about this, about what is the right thing for me and for the national team," said Brazil's number 10.

Neymar matched Pele's goalscoring record for Brazil's national team with his 77th goal in the quarter-final game against Croatia.

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Sadly, he and the rest of the Brazilian contingent ended up losing to the Croats in the penalty shootout with Neymar never getting to the penalty spot as he was listed as the fifth penalty-taker in Tite's list, one that never came to happen.

Tite left his post with the Brazil national team and announced his retirement after the game.