Brazilian fans never forgave the team's departure from the world Cup. Have a look at how many times we discussed the global press taking aim at him.
Here we are less than a week to the end of a completely unpredictable, engrossing and rather eerie World Cup that no one is planning to forget.
The 26-year-old forward, in his second World Cup, arrived with the responsibility to lead the Brazilians to the title, but the team didn't get close.
Neymar, who only just recovered from a metatarsal injury in time to play in Russian Federation, spoke of his pride in his team-mates, who failed to emulate Brazil's achievement of reaching the semi-finals in 2014.
Also striking: the final four teams are all European.
Brazil came to Russian Federation with a strong team, a well-liked coach and a great star.
"Maybe he's going to sing La Marseillaise, but he's with us now and doing a great job".
Luan, his team mate at Gremio, won the player of the tournament when they won the Copa Libertadores previous year.
The player also confessed the French man has helped him improve all aspects of his game.
But here, when Belgium was facing a similar upset, trailing Japan in the last 16, it was his magical twist and turn and then pin-point cross that created Marouane Fellaini's headed equalizer.
It was no surprise that Brazil entered this World Cup as favourites to lift the trophy on July 15, as under boss Tite this team had stormed through the qualifiers, having lost just once in 18 matches en route to Russian Federation.
While his call-up to the World Cup squad was to be expected, Chadli would have been a shock inclusion in the squad even if he had not missed most of the season for West Bromwich Albion because of injury. Could Ronaldo outshine his rival of 10 years, finally allowing supporters to answer the unending question of who is the best - Messi or Ronaldo?
"Very happy to be part of this team, I am proud of everyone".
The most ideal and traditional line-up for the final would be France vs England, but we should not disregard the chances of Croatia and Belgium.
"I don't care where I play", said Kevin de Bruyne, Belgium's totem.