Brazilian greats Pele and Ronaldo have sent their support to Neymar after the attacker's World Cup was ended by injury.
The hosts and favourites disposed of Colombia 2-1 in an enthralling battle at the Estadio Castelao on Friday, setting-up a semi-final clash with Germany.
However, progression was tainted by injury to key man Neymar, who left the field on a stretcher in the closing stages after taking a knee in the back from Juan Zuniga.
The 22-year-old was in tears and left the stadium on a drip, with Brazil doctor Rodrigo Lasmar quickly confirming he has sustained a fractured vertebra that will end his World Cup.
That news has shaken the hosts but Pele does not believe the injury to Neymar will end their chances of glory, pointing to his own experience in 1962.
Neymar's best and worst moments of the 2014 World Cup
Neymar's best and worst moments of the 2014 World Cup
1/9 Neymar scores his first against Croatia
After going a goal behind in the very first match of the tournament courtesy of a Marcelo own goal, Neymar got his tally off the mark as he scored from long range to drag Brazil level.
2/9 He adds his second in controversial circumstances
Despite a stop-start, jerky run up, Neymar converts from the penalty spot to give Brazil the lead and they would go on to secure a 3-1 victory. However, the Croatians were infuriated by what they perceived as a dive from striker Fred to win the penalty. Not that it mattered to Neymar, who duly took his chance from the spot.
3/9 But was he lucky to be on the pitch?
A stray elbow on Luka Modric could have warranted a red card for Neymar, but he escaped with a yellow and was on hand to score later in the match when the opportunity arose.
4/9 Tears of pride
Neymar in tears during the Brazil national anthem before the game with Mexico, such is the importance of the occasion
5/9 Neymar left frustrated against Mexico
An unimpressive Brazil side were left hugely frustrated by Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. In a man-of-the-match display, Ochoa kept out a close range header from Neymar to see the match end as a goalless draw.
6/9 Back on form and back in the goals
You can’t keep a quality player quiet for long though, and unfortunately for Cameroon, their dismal World Cup campaign came to an end at the hands of another Neymar brace. Taking his tally to four goals, Neymar put himself in the reckoning for the Golden Boot, although his injury has put paid to that dream for now.
7/9 Caught with his pants down
Despite being the poster boy of Fifa’s World Cup, the governing body confirmed that they were investigating Neymar for allegedly breaching sponsorship rules by partially showing the top of his underwear that may or may not have been part of a sponsorship stunt. Eventually, Fifa conformed they would take no further action.
8/9 Neymar’s penalty prowess sees off Chile
After a hard-fought 120 minutes, Brazil and Chile were locked at 1-1 courtesy of David Luiz and Alexis Sanchez strikes. Mauricio Pinilla and Sanchez both saw their penalty shootout efforts saved by Julio Cesar, but Willian and Hulk followed suit. With the weight of a nation on his shoulders, Neymar coolly slotted home from the spot, which turned out to be the match-winner as Gonzalo Jara then hit the post to send Brazil through to the quarter-finals.
9/9 One assist, no goals and a trip to hospital sees Neymar done
The forward had seen his impact in the quarter-final against Colombia somewhat limited due to the rough and tumble nature of the match – although the Brazilians were just as guilty of using the tactic against James Rodriguez. His corner allowed Thiago Silva to bundle the ball across the line for the opener, before Juan Camilo Zuniga’s ill-timed knee in the back cracked on of Neymar’s vertebrae and ended his run at this year’s World Cup.
"neymarjr was raised in my santosfc and it hurts our hearts to know that he can no longer defend Brazil in the World Cup," said Pele on Twitter.
"I was also injured during the 1962 World Cup in Chile, and I was out for the rest of the tournament, but God helped Brazil continue on to win the Championship.
"I hope the same will happen with our Selecao in this World Cup."
Pele posted his support on Twitter where many other high-profile figures have expressed their sympathy, varying from basketball player LeBron James to Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen and the country's president Dilma Rousseff.
Former Selecao players Roberto Carlos, Kaka and Gilberto Silva have sent supportive messages, while Neymar's international team-mates have also taken to social media.
Brazil and Chelsea midfielder Willian tweeted: "Have strength brother. neymarjr we are together with you, we love you."
Selecao striker Jo and midfielder Paulinho had similar messages, while Fred's lengthy Facebook post included a drawing of Neymar being surrounded by fans.
"We have one more reason to play with heart in this cup," Fred said.
"Neymar, rest assured that our group loves you and give life to win this title for you. You were and continue to be the ace and the soul of our team.
"The whole of Brazil is praying for you!"
Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi was another to post his support, saying: "Neymar, I hope you recover very soon friend!"
Players from Brazil's semi-final opponents Germany also expressed sympathy on social media, with Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski sending their regards.
The latter posted on Twitter: "Happy with our victory today, can't wait to face £Brasil, sad for NeymarJr hope you get better soon".
Former Brazil striker Ronaldo revealed he had also sent a message of support to Neymar, saying the country would dedicate a World Cup win to him.
Ronaldo told reporters in Rio de Janeiro: "I sent him a message conveying all my support and solidarity, telling him I felt not only his physical pain but the agony of having to abandon the World Cup.
"For such a young player with so many dreams, and one of those dreams was to play the World Cup in his own country in front of his own people.
"He has suffered a very heavy blow and I told him the whole country is proud of him, and that every effort will be made to win the World Cup in Brazil and dedicate it to him."
Lothar Matthaus, who captained Germany to the 1990 World Cup, added his support.
He said: "We have tears in our eyes when we see the image of Neymar yesterday. All German fans wish him a speedy recovery."