It’s no secret that some of the biggest stars in world football, past and present have loved little more than to unwind off the pitch with a game of poker.
Neymar is one of the most high-profile players in the world today, and currently stars as one third of the most star-studded attacking line in the world game at Barcelona.
He’s also been named on the shortlist for the World Football Golden Ball for the 2014 World Cup, where he starred for Brazil on home soil.
However, when the game ends, and when the season draws to a close, he can often be found hanging out on PokerStars live, at online events, and playing poker with his friends and his family.
The Selecao superstar had the following to say about his relationship with the game—his second love, after football: “Growing up and playing football everyday has made me a competitive person,” he began, speaking to Pokerstars.com
“When I’m not playing football, playing poker and competing against my teammates on the road or in home games with friends is one of my favourite things to do.”
As a Pokerstars ambassador, Neymar joins some of the world’s most recognisable and successful athletes—the likes of Rafael Nadal and Brazil legend Ronaldo—as a team pro.
PokerStars has a track record of expanding the game of poker into new territories and markets. The singing of Neymar will allow them to continue their growth into the Portuguese and Spanish markets.
Thanks to PokerUpdate for this latest news on the Neymar deal