Brazilian star Neymar said his injury-hit 2019 was "full of learnings" as he looks forward to making a strong comeback this year by targeting domestic, European and Copa America honours.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker suffered two major injuries last year that limited his appearances for club and country but has been in fine form this season, scoring 13 goals in 15 appearances - 11 in the French Ligue 1, one in the Cup and one in the Uefa Champions League.
"Professionally and personally, 2019 was a tough year for me," said Neymar, speaking to Red Bull which is organising his Neymar Jnr Fives development programme. "It was a year full of learnings and turnarounds. I injured myself and had to come back. Then I injured myself again.
"Although it seems like a bad year, it was a year full of learnings and lots of experiences. I am taking the positive side of it so that 2020 can be better."
Neymar suffered a foot injury playing for PSG in January, 2019 that kept him out for 85 days. Soon after returning, he damaged ankle ligaments in a friendly for Brazil against Qatar, ruling him out of the Copa America.
He now hopes to be injury free and win everything with PSG and Brazil. PSG are top of Ligue 1 with 49 points from 20 matches, seven ahead of second-placed Marseille. The French giants meet German side Borussia Dortmund in the last 16 of the Champions League, with the first leg in Germany on February 2.
In the Copa America, which starts in Argentina and Colombia on June 12, holders Brazil are drawn in group B with Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and guest team Qatar.
"Many good things happened in my life already but I always want more," said former Barcelona player Neymar. "I'm always seeking new challenges, and I always want to overcome myself. Hopefully, each match and each thing that is coming will bring something good for me.
"My biggest expectation for 2020 is to win everything I can with PSG and the Brazilian team. I'll seek new challenges, I want to be in the Champions League final, I want to win the Copa America once again. These are the challenges I intend to overcome in 2020."
Neymar was also asked who he would pick for a five-a-side team, and he chose Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and Eden Hazard. From players who have retired, Neymar picked Xavi, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, David Beckham and Thierry Henry.
Red Bull Neymar Jnr's Five is the Brazilian's signature five-a-side tournament bringing players aged 16 to 25 from all over the world together to celebrate their shared passion for football.
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