Neymar BREAKS his promise to Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro following his pledge to dedicate his first World Cup goal in Qatar to him… after the far-right politician was ousted from office in October
- Footballer Neymar has failed to keep his vow to Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro
- The forward said he would dedicate his first Qatar World Cup goal to Bolsonaro
- The PSG star promised he would hold up the No 22, the far-right ballot box code
- But after scoring against Japan on Monday, Neymar celebrated with Alex Telles
- Controversial far-right politician Bolsonaro was ousted from office in October
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Neymar has failed to keep his promise to Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro that he would celebrate his first goal at the Qatar World Cup with a tribute to the politician.
The Paris Saint-Germain superstar netted a penalty as Tite’s side thrashed South Korea 4-1 in their last-16 tie on Monday night.
But he celebrated by running over to injured team-mate Alex Telles, who was ruled out of the tournament with a knee problem – breaking his vow to controversial figure Bolsonaro.
Neymar has failed to keep his promise to Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro after pledging he would dedicate his first goal at the Qatar World Cup to the controversial far-right politician
The PSG star scored a penalty as Tite’s side beat South Korea 4-1 in their last-16 tie on Monday
In October, Neymar appeared on a radio show alongside Bolsonaro, in which the far-right politician – ousted from office by left-wing Lula later that month – urged him to use the ‘Ihuuuu’ phrase he often uses.
When encouraged by presenter Carla Cecato, the player then pledged instead to hold up the number ’22’ with his fingers, in reference to the far-right code at the ballot box.
Cecato had said: ‘The first goal you score. What gesture are you going to make?,’ before adding ’22’ after Neymar made the gesture.
The forward had said he would do the ’22’ gesture in reference to the far-right ballot box code
Bolsonaro was ousted from office in October; he will be replaced as president by left-wing Lula
Neymar then replied: ‘The Cup is close. Everything would be wonderful, Bolsonaro re-elected, Brazil champion and everyone happy.’
He has previously indicated his support for the 67-year-old because the ‘values that the president represents are similar’ to his. Bolsonaro is openly anti-gay and downplayed the severity of the Covid pandemic despite the massive death toll.
Neymar’s strike against South Korea was his 76th for the Selecao – putting him just one behind football legend Pele.