The playmaker was carried off towards the end of his country’s 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia on Friday night.
He picked up the nasty injury after Juan Zuniga’s knee hit his back and it was later confirmed he won’t play any further part in the competition after breaking a vertebra in his spine.
The Barcelona superstar has received an outpouring of support from the football world and today thanked his fans.
Brazilian people – players, coaches and fans – this is a very tough moment. It’s hard to express my thoughts in words.
“I want to tell you that I’ll be back to the field as soon as possible. I would like to thank you for your support and affection expressed through the messages that have been sent to me.
“My dream has not ended yet, it was suspended due to a move, but it is still alive. I am sure my partners will make sure I can achieve my dream, which is to be a champion.
“Another dream of mine was to play on a World Cup final, but I won’t be able to do it now.
“Although I’m sure that my partners will win and be champions along with me, and we, Brazilian people, will be celebrating this achievement. Thank you all!”