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Brazil’s Neymar Lucky to Narrowly Avoid Paralysis in World Cup Match Against Columbia

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Reports that are emerging about Neymar‘s injury are somewhat terrifying to speculate about. Brazilian head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said that when Marcelo came to the aide of his downed teammate, the writhing Neymar told him that he couldn’t feel his legs.

Shortly after this came out, the doctor who examined Neymar revealed that had Juan Zuniga hit him just 2.3 centimeters higher, he would have been paralyzed from the waist down.

That kind of thought is horrifying.

Neymar is one of the best young talents in all of the world. He’s in the prime of his career and he’s the heart of the 2014 World Cup host nation, also the most storied national team in all of the world. It’s a shame enough that he cannot participate in the remainder of the competition, and now we learn that he almost lost his entire playing career in one fell swoop.

I guess all we can do is breathe a sigh of relief.

Two-point-three centimeters were the difference between never playing again, and being fit in six weeks. If that isn’t enough for all these other soccer players to appreciate what they have, I don’t know what is. I almost feel bad for complaining so much about Neymar flopping.

It will be interesting to see how this affects Neymar when he comes back from the injury. I would be surprised if this doesn’t have an immensely positive effect on him. He has to appreciate what he has so much more than he already did now. You also have to wonder, though, if he might be more cautious in his approach. I don’t think he will, but it’s always a possibility.

I am now officially excited for Neymar to return to full health and show the world what he took away from this experience.

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