Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar to play in Brazil charity match – Nene
Neymar will take part in a charity match raising funds to provide food for the needy in Brazil, former Paris Saint-Germain player Nene has told Globo.
Nene, who organises the annual match in Jundiai, spoke to Neymar after attending PSG’s recent win over Lille.
He confirmed that Brazil star Neymar would play in the match on Dec. 23, saying: “Neymar already took part back in 2014, and he enjoyed it so much that he promised me he would come back.
“When I was with him last week, we talked a lot and he told me that we could count on him.
“I am very pleased, and I hope that the stadium will be full so that there is a lot of food.”
The charity match will be held at Estadio Jayme Cintra in Nene’s hometown of Jundiai and he will pick one of the two teams, with actor Caio Castro the other coach.
Last year, Romario and Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus were among the star names to feature, while Denilson, Deco and Marcos Assuncao are confirmed for this year.
Neymar’s final Ligue 1 match is next Wednesday at home to Caen but after that, the PSG players travel to Doha, Qatar, for their winter tour before Christmas.
Considering that PSG’s final day of their obligations in Qatar is the same day as Nene’s charity game, Neymar does not appear set to be there for the entirety of the stay.
Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.