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Neymar seals Puma endorsement deal two weeks after leaving Nike

The world’s most costly participant, Neymar. — Twitter

PARIS: Neymar has sealed an endorsement take care of Puma, the German firm introduced on Saturday, two weeks after the Brazilian celebrity left his long-time sponsor Nike.

“Welcome to the fam @neymarjr #KingIsBack” Puma tweeted alongside a photograph of the Paris Saint-Germain striker, kitted out within the sportswear big’s garments.

The world’s most costly participant confirmed his new position as Puma’s poster boy in an open letter posted on social media.

“I grew up watching movies of nice soccer legends equivalent to Pele, Cruyff, Eusebio and Maradona….who every performed in Puma.

“For these reasons, from today onward, I have the honour to unite with the brand that helped the biggest legends of football become what they are,” he wrote.

Neither Neymar nor Puma gave particulars of the size of the contract or how a lot it was value.

Speculation has been flying that the 28-year-old would signal with Puma since his endorsement deal ended with Nike, the corporate that had sponsored him since he was a 13-year-old prodigy. – Puma statue –

News {that a} deal had been struck was first printed by Brazilian sports activities web site Esporte Interativo, which is understood for breaking the story of Neymar´s switch from Barcelona to PSG in 2017.

Citing “exclusive information,” it stated particulars on the settlement and Neymar’s first promotional appearances for Puma had been anticipated “in the coming days.”

Neymar had appeared to drop hints {that a} deal was shut, stated Esporte Interativo.

He just lately adopted Puma, PumaSoccer and eight different accounts related to the model on Instagram, and posted an image of himself Thursday with what gave the impression to be a statue of a puma within the background.

Neymar’s final association with Nike was reportedly an 11-year contract value a complete $105 million.

Forbes journal, which ranks him the world’s seventh highest-paid movie star, estimates his earnings for this yr at $95.5 million, together with endorsement offers.

PSG paid a document 222 million euros for his switch from Barcelona in 2017.

With his skinny beauty, tattoos, ever-changing hairstyles and big following on social media, Neymar is without doubt one of the largest names in sports activities and past — although his model has been tarnished at instances.

On the pitch, critics accuse him of diving in matches. Off the pitch, he has confronted accusations of tax fraud and a 2019 rape allegation.

Brazilian police later dismissed the latter case, citing a scarcity of proof.

He was compelled to overlook PSG’s Ligue 1 season-opener on Thursday after testing constructive for COVID-19 following a vacation in Ibiza after PSG’s Champions League ultimate defeat to Bayern Munich.

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