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How many Copa America and World Cup finals has Neymar Jr played in?

Brazil superstar Neymar is looking forward to facing Lionel Messi's Argentina in the Copa America final on Saturday after the defending champions edged Peru.

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How many Copa America and World Cup finals has Neymar Jr played in?
ANTONIO LACERDA EFE

Brazil will meet Argentina at the iconic Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday night for the 2021 Copa America final and Neymar is eyeing a blockbuster showdown with La Albiceleste.

South American rivals Brazil and Argentina have not met in a Copa final since 2007, when the Seleçâo won 3-0.

"I want Argentina, I'm rooting for Argentina," Neymar – a former Barcelona team-mate of Messi – said post-match in Rio de Janeiro ahead of the Colombia-Argentina semi-final.

"I have friends there, then in the final it will be Brazil [laughs]."

Brazil v Peru - Copa America Brazil 2021: SemifinalRIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 05: Neymar Jr. of Brazil celebrates after winning a semi-final match of Copa America Brazil 2021 between Brazil and Peru at Estadio Olímpico Nilton Santos on July 05, 2021 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Neymar was impressive in the semi-final win against Peru at the Estadio Nilton Santos stadium, attempting a team-high four shots to go with two key passes and the decisive assist for Paqueta's match winning goal.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward was also fouled three times. No player has been fouled more often than Neymar (25) during this year's CONMEBOL tournament.

Neymar's final appearances

Despite having won a slew of silverware with FC Barcelona and current club Paris-Saint Germain, the Brazilian striker has never featured for the national side at a Copa America or World Cup final. Neymar was injured for Brazil's 2019 triumph and his major achievements in the famous yellow shirt have been the 2016 Rio gold medal at the Olympics coupled with a 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup win on home soil.

Brazil v Peru - Copa America Brazil 2021: SemifinalRIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 05: Neymar Jr. of Brazil smiles before a semi-final match of Copa America Brazil 2021 between Brazil and Peru at Estadio Olímpico Nilton Santos on July 05, 2021 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Wagner Meier/Getty Images)

Safturday's Rio showdown in the Superclasico de las Americas against arch rivals Argentina is set to be the PSG striker's first major final for the Seleçâo in a game set to be dominated by the tussle between the Neymar-Messi (friendly) rivalry.