Brazilian defender Marcelo Vieira, who arrived in Madrid on Sunday on a flight from Russia, said on social media that Brazil’s national soccer team has returned home “with its head up high,” despite its 2-1 loss against Belgium in the World Cup quarterfinals.Also Read - FIFA World Cup 2022 Organisers Hoping For More Indian Eyeballs Than Previous Edition

“Our dream was postponed, but I am very confident that Brazil is close to becoming champion once again,” the Real Madrid player said. Also Read - Manchester City vs Real Madrid: Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus Power City to Champions League Quarter-Final

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Marcelo said that Brazil’s players did “everything they could” to go “as far as possible,” though he recognized that the team’s efforts were not enough, adding that “life goes on.”

“We can now turn the page. We know what we did well, and we will take that with us for the next World Cup,” he said.

Marcelo arrived Sunday in Madrid along with Miranda and Danilo, while other Brazilian players, including Casemiro, Douglas Costa and Gabriel Jesus, landed in Rio de Janeiro on a flight from St Petersburg.

The whereabouts of Neymar are still unknown, who posted a message on social media Saturday acknowledging that he found it “hard to find the strength to want to keep playing” after the 2-1 defeat against Belgium in the quarterfinals.