One took to Twitter to say: "Sad and annoyed, no tears from me but this hurts". But it wasn't meant to be.
That respect was evident in the Spaniard's every utterance on Thursday but, while acknowledging the dangers presented by Brazil forward Neymar, Martinez was confident the skills of the likes of Eden Hazard would also be influential for Belgium. Yet in the end, the Ballon d'Or still went to Fabio Cannavaro for his inspirational displays in Italy's World Cup triumph.
"I'm happy to have been decisive (by scoring). I'm proud of everyone", said Neymar, who hadn't spoken publicly since the team's elimination in Kazan.More news: Four boys rescued from flooded Thai cave
Belgium will need their wing backs to be operating at full tilt if they are to get back and assist.
The five-time world champions left the World Cup empty handed after losing to Belgium in the quarterfinals, leaving only European teams contending for the title in Russian Federation. With only one loss under him, the five-time world champions arrived in Russian Federation among the main title favorites.
Adding, "We know how sacred the World Cup is for Brazilian football fans".
"It's a heavy, bitter feeling. If he wants to lie down, he should go home and sleep".
Though the original ad technically came out before the World Cup and Neymar Challenge began, KFC proved they know to answer when opportunity knocks. He is on the right road, but he still needs time.More news: Wildfire Updates: Firefighters Make Progress Containing Northern California Fires
Neymar left in tears at the final whistle, refusing to talk to waiting media.
Even Douglas Costa's pulling one goal back on the 78th minute was not enough to turn the tide as the match ended 2-1 in Belgium's advantage.
Neymar and the Brazil team may have exited the FIFA World Cup 2018 but his legacy at Russian Federation 2018 is making waves online in form of the #NeymarChallenge. But despite retaining his place against Brazil, Fellaini performed a very different role.More news: 'We will never abolish ICE': Pence says to staff at ICE HQ