Twitter Reacts to Surprising News From Neymar

Neymar Jr. took to social media to let his fans know that for the first time in six years, he will not be attending Rio Carnival in Brazil.

The news is actually more uplifting than it sounds. Neymar has always been able to attend Carnival (and any other celebration) in recent years because at both FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, he’s either been suspended or injured in late February and early March.

PSG fans are all too familiar with Neymar’s late-season injuries. In 2018 he suffered a metatarsal fracture and in 2019, a broken metatarsal sidelined him. Both injuries forced him to miss the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League where PSG crashed out in the Round of 16.

Those injuries are partly why the 28-year-old was held out of four games leading up to last Tuesday’s match against Borussia Dortmund, a decision Neymar said he didn’t agree with after the 2-1 lost.

Neymar’s annual absences during this part of the season always seemed to occur right around his sister’s birthday on March 11. This coincidence hasn’t been overlooked by football fans who often joke that this is the real reason Neymar is always “injured” at this point in the season.

All jokes aside, it’s great to have Neymar healthy and in the squad again. PSG plays four games before hosting Dortmund at the Parc des Princes to decide which team will advance to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. That pivotal match is actually on his sister’s birthday and I can think of no better gift than a brilliant performance to lead PSG past the Germans.

As with anything involving Neymar, Twitter lit up with hot takes about his announcement. Here are a few that caught my attention:

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