Neymar has decided to use all barrier gestures against the media that harm his image. To respond to an article from a Catalan media which criticized him for not respecting confinement following a group photo posted on social networks, the PSG star sent a long press release to put things right.
After explaining that the five people, including his son, who pose with him are currently confined to his property in Mangaratiba (on the coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro), the text states: "The house where the athlete follows the quarantine is completely isolated, it allows to be calm and to continue training during this period of confinement. There are no visits or business meetings at the house […]. Neymar Jr. keeps his distance from other family members, such as his mother, sister and grandmother. The athlete continues to do his daily injury prevention and physical fitness work with his physical trainer Ricardo Rosa. "
The photos showing him feet in the sand, with his friends or after a game of volleyball, were controversial. It is true that the decor looks more like a summer camp than a containment center ...
"He tries to keep his physical form"
"The problem is that people don't even imagine that it's at Neymar's. He has a large vacation home in Rio de Janeiro, in Mangaratiba. It is there that he is in his forties with his son and some friends, explained Brazilian journalist Isabela Pagliari on Europe 1. He took advantage of this time to stay confined with the closest people, but it's not a party! Neymar trains at least twice a day and there are even days where he does three sessions. He tries to keep his physical form. To pass the time, he also plays online poker. "
Since his return to Brazil, Neymar's behavior has been scrutinized and is constantly the subject of comments. Earlier this week, he was spotted shopping in a supermarket, fueling rumors of a normal-life man away from coronavirus psychosis. Arrows launched from Spain often find a rather resounding echo on the other side of the Atlantic. On social networks, the debates are endless. In recent days, other critics were also starting to rise on another subject: while Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi or Kylian Mbappé had released their checkbook to fight against the coronavirus, Neymar remained silent.
"Solidarity must be more contagious than the virus"
The footballer finally announced, Friday, March 27, the launch of a fundraising campaign, organized by the famous Brazilian presenter Luciano Huck with several athletes from Brazil, in order to support the inhabitants of the favelas of São Paulo by distributing baskets to them food and hygiene products. "Solidarity must be more contagious than the virus," says Neymar at the start of a video posted online, without specifying the amount of his aid.
A humanitarian crisis is emerging in the poorest districts of the country, where the situation is extremely tense. This extremely precarious population is often the first to be dismissed since quarantine. At the same time, the frequent water cuts and the lack of sanitation facilities from which the favelas suffer make them even more vulnerable to the spread of the virus.
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Last gestures to date, Neymar donated a signed PSG jersey for an auction also intended to raise funds for the most needy. Social network expert, number 10 of the PSG knows that these small gestures make it possible to prove that he does not live cut off from the world.