First they signed Ronaldo, one of the world’s most iconic and famous footballers, and now Pokerstars have signed the biggest player in Brazil these days, Neymar Jr. Neymar has never hidden his love for the poker game and now he will be representing Pokerstars.
Neymar is one of the most popular football players in the world, having incredible success on the Brazilian national team and for F.C Barcelona. He will be doing special appearences to promote Pokerstars at charity events as well as play major live and online tournaments for the site.
“Neymar Jr is one of the brightest stars in the sporting world and PokerStars is proud to be associated with him. Together we will grow the popularity of poker and show new audiences the competitive, fun and strategic game of poker,” said Michael Hazel, interim CEO of PokerStars.
“Working with Neymar Jr continues PokerStars’ history of investing in mainstream athletes who want to leverage their success in competitive sports to become successful poker players.”
Amaya Chairman and CEO David Baazov said the signing is an investment in the growth of poker globally. “Neymar Jr is a young and extremely charismatic megastar who loves interacting with fans on social media, is comfortable on camera and loves the game of poker," Baazov said. "And as a superstar with one of the world’s most famous football clubs and football nations, his appeal is global. This partnership is a great opportunity to market the game of poker across the globe and attract new fans.”
Neymar often posts himself playing poker and other fun activities on his Instagram account, playing home-games, playing online and just playing with his dog which is oddly enough named “Poker”.
“Growing up and playing football everyday has made me a competitive person. 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,” said Neymar Jr.
“To be a successful poker player, you require many of the same skills needed to be a successful footballer – mental strength is important; resilience, patience, composure and focus. I love the challenge, whether it’s on the football pitch or at the poker table,” he continued.
Neymar Jr will play on PokerStars under the User ID ‘neymar-jr’.