Brazilian star Neymar has urged his national teammates to leave behind the traumatic memory of the last FIFA World Cup and write a new chapter in the country’s storied football history in Russia next year.Also Read - UCL 2021-22: Will Lionel Messi Play Against Manchester City? PSG Coach Mauricio Pochettino Provides Update

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Speaking to the media after participating in a five-a-side match in Brazil on Saturday, Neymar admitted the scars of the loss in Belo Horizonte are yet to heal, Xinhua news agency reported. Also Read - PSG vs Club Brugge Live Streaming Champions League in India: When And Where to Watch Paris Saint-Germain vs Club Brugge Live Stream UCL Match Online and on TV

“We can’t erase what happened. It’s in the history books,” the Barcelona forward said.

“But people always remember it, as if it were the only thing that ever happened (to Brazilian football). Let’s start talking about our victories and other positive things.

“The upcoming season promises a lot and I hope that it’s the best one of my life. My dream of winning the World Cup could be just around the corner.”

Brazil, who secured a World Cup berth in March, currently holds a nine-point lead over second-placed Colombia at the top of the South American zone qualifying standings.

The 2018 World Cup will take place in 11 Russian cities and will be played from June 14 to July 15. (With IANS inputs)