Neymar Jr to Retire from Soccer to Pursue Poker Profession
Brazilian footballing legend Neymar Jr. plans to swap the inexperienced of the soccer pitch for the inexperienced of the cardroom felt when he retires, the Paris Saint Germain star describing poker as, “one of many issues I like to do essentially the most.”
The 29-year-old, whose full identify is Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, solely took up poker in the course of the 2014 World Cup, however he’s so enamoured with the sport that he has even referred to as his canine “Poker”, and this week was introduced because the first-ever PokerStars Cultural Ambassador.
He informed the French broadcast CNEWS that poker tournaments are his objective after hanging up his scoring boots:
“I feel that after taking part in soccer I can do tournaments, journey to play tournaments that I’ve at all times wished to take part in and couldn’t do due to my agenda and my profession. So after I end my soccer profession, that is one of many issues I’ll do, journey to play the sort of event.”
Although he has just one, small, recorded money to his identify, from the 2018 Brazilian Sequence of Poker, the previous Barcelona striker thinks his soccer expertise holds him in good stead in relation to poker.
“Among the many similarities between poker and soccer, I feel focus is considered one of them, he mentioned. “The way in which you learn your opponent and the sport can be crucial. I feel probably the most vital issues in soccer, and what I do on the pitch, is to learn the sport, learn your opponent, and see the place you possibly can assault, the place you possibly can transfer to create an opportunity to your group. And in poker it is the identical, you must learn the sport, learn your opponents and know the best time to assault your opponent.”
Neymar Jr developed his love for poker throughout his time with Barcelona, with team-mate and fellow poker fanatic Gerard Piqué amongst his opponents on the desk.
The Brazilian sensation says that Keylor Navas and Leandro Paredes are actually amongst his card-playing rivals at PSG.
This week’s announcement that Neymar was to be PokerStars’ first-ever “Cultural Ambassador” reveals his ties to the sport are robust and appreciated.
Martin Nieri, PokerStars’ International Director of Model and Artistic, described the transfer as “the beginning of one thing thrilling for the PokerStars.internet neighborhood, a merging of two worlds, the place poker meets tradition.”
His first job within the new function was to compile “a sequence of music playlists offering the last word soundtrack for each sort of poker sport.”
As Neymar informed the PokerStars weblog:
“Poker is a lot extra than simply the sport. It’s a neighborhood and a tradition and that’s what I really like about it. Music is an actual ardour of mine, in order that was first on the record, however there’s way more to return. I’m excited so that you can see what else we’ve got in retailer.”
That may embody an “Golden Chip Giveaway” through which $850,000 in money can be handed out, in addition to “plenty of restricted version Golden Chips.”
“Every chip unlocks a excessive worth prize,” say PokerStars, starting from “…signed merchandise and clothes, to as soon as in a lifetime VIP experiences and items curated by Neymar Jr himself.”
You may as well anticipate to see the footballing star in a brand new advert “shaking up the poker scene,” on a display close to you quickly.
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