Brazilian media O Globo revealed this Sunday that the PSG star would have prepared a big party at his home to celebrate the New Year. The player’s entourage was keen to qualify the Brazilian’s role.
The timing and scale of the party raised questions from the moment O Globo revealed the content of Neymar’s New Year’s Eve. Returned to Brazil officially to treat his ankle injury contracted against Lyon (0-1, December 13), the Brazilian would have anticipated his return to the fold to prepare for the New Year’s Eve festivities. Thus, the local newspaper ensures that the Parisian number 10 would have invited several hundred people to his luxurious home in Mangaratiba, near Rio de Janeiro. O Globo also specifies that this party was initially to be held over five days, during which the 500 or so guests of the star would have been instructed to leave their phones aside so that no image of this celebration escapes.
The announcement of this anything but improvised party sparked its share of reactions on the web, where the Seleçao playmaker was singled out in view of the disastrous health situation in the country. With more than 190,000 deaths linked to Covid-19, Brazil is the second country most fatally affected by the pandemic behind the United States. The third in the number of confirmed cases (nearly 7.5 million) behind the United States and India. Remember also that Neymar himself contracted the virus after a stay in Ibiza last September.
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“There will be no party at Neymar’s” specifies his entourage
In order to extinguish the controversy, the player’s entourage specified that a party would take place, but not at home nor “in the proportions mentioned by the Brazilian media in terms of the number of guests”, in comments reported by The Parisian. The New Year’s party could therefore actually be held next to his home, but without restriction on the number of diners, unless otherwise indicated by the Brazilian authorities.