“The Simpsons” predicted Neymar’s injury at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Social media users and websites recently shared a claim purporting that the animation show “The Simpsons” predicted Neymar’s injury at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Misbar investigated the circulating claim and found it to be misleading. The reference used in the claim is completely unrelated to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Parody of Neymar in “The Simpsons”
In the sixteenth episode of Season 25 titled “You Don't Have to Live Like a Referee,” the character of Homer referees the game between Brazil and Germany.
According to “The Simpsons Wiki,” a fandom website, the character called El Divo is a parodical characterization of the Brazilian footballer Neymar.
In the episode, El Divo suffers an injury, but Homer refuses to give Brazil a penalty because he thought the footballer was faking it. El Divo ends up dead and Germany wins the match against Brazil.
FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014
During the 2014 World Cup, which was held in Brazil, Neymar suffered from a serious injury and missed Brazil’s match against Germany.
Brazil was defeated 1-7 on home soil.
At the time, social media users and websites also purported that “The Simpsons” had predicted Neymar’s injury and Brazil’s defeat.
However, despite some similarities, the episode’s events were different from what actually happened in real life.
Neymar’s World Cup 2022 Injury
The Brazilian soccer star Neymar might not play during the team’s next World Cup match after he was injured while playing against Serbia.
“Neymar and Danilo went through an MRI on Friday afternoon and we found ligament damage in the ankle of both of them,” said Rodrigo Lasmar, Brazil’s team doctor, in a statement shared by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) on Friday.
Neymar said that Thursday’s injury was one of the hardest moments of his career.
FIFA World Cup 2022
The claim is being circulated as the 2022 World Cup takes place. The tournament will last till December 2018.
Brazil beat Serbia 2-0 in its first match of the 2022 World Cup. “Tough game, but it was important to win,” Neymar said on Twitter on Thursday. “Congratulations team, first step taken.”
Brazil top Group G and will face Switzerland and Cameroon.
Neymar might still make it to other World Cup 2022 Matches.