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Neymar has explained why he broke down at full-time in Brazil’s win over Costa Rica

Brazil's talisman was overcome with emotion following their late win over Costa Rica

It’ll go down as one of the enduring images of the 2018 World Cup.

Having finally broken through Costa Rica’s defence in the final few minutes of their Group E clash, Brazil’s tournament was back on track with a 2-0 win – courtesy of goals from Philippe Coutinho and Neymar.

With the win wrapped up, Neymar sunk to his knees and openly wept as the referee blew the final whistle, with the eyes of millions around the world watching on.

Emotions running high

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Emotions running high

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The relief was clearly too much to take.

Brazil were already well-aware of their long-time foes Argentina’s World Cup plight, with Lionel Messi’s side limping to the brink of humiliation with their loss to Croatia on Thursday evening.

So the pressure was on Brazil not to follow suit. 

The end?

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The end?

It didn’t help that Costa Rica proved to be frustrating opponents in Saint Petersburg, with the brilliance of goalkeeper Keylor Navas keeping Brazil out time and time again.

Then, of course, was Neymar’s penalty appeal 10 minutes from time, which was initially given before being overturned by the referee after he reviewed the VAR footage.

After the game, speculation was rife over why Brazil’s No 10 was so overcome with emotion.

Was it the intense feeling of scoring an important late goal, or the demons of Brazil’s catastrophic exit at the hands of Germany back in 2014?

Perhaps his recurring problems with injury are still causing him discomfort?

Neymar suffered a foot injury playing for PSG back in February

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Neymar suffered a foot injury playing for PSG back in February

But according to man himself, he was simply crying tears of joy.

Taking to Instagram, he said: “Not everyone knows what I’ve come through to get here.

“The cry is joy, overcoming. In my life things have never been easy, would not be now right!

“The dream continues, not dream, OBJECTIVE! Congratulations on the match.”

So there we go then, he’s human, just like me and you.