Brazil’s Neymar broke down in tears as he claims the challenge that ended his world cup came close to paralyzing him.

The Barcelona forward fractured a vertebra in his spine when he was kneed in the back by Colombia’s Juan Zuniga during Brazil’s 2-1 quarter-final win.

The 22 year-old thank god for helping him, because if the blow had been a few inches lower he would have risked being paralyzed.