Neymar Jr. and Thiago Silva left France earlier this week on a flight to Brazil due to the coronavirus crisis that has crippled countries around the world.
Both players were given permission from Paris Saint-Germain to return to their home country and because they have Brazil passports, the French travel ban that went into effect last Tuesday didn’t apply to them.
It’s understandable why any player would want to leave France with his family right now especially for a country like Brazil, which has far fewer cases of the coronavirus.
According to the latest numbers from the Johns Hopkins University, France has reported 10,886 confirmed cases while Brazil has 621.
Silva’s wife, Isabelle, recently shared a video on Instagram where she explains why her family ultimately made the decision to leave Paris and wait out the virus with family in Brazil.
“The situation in Paris is really sad. I hadn’t planned to store things. I could no longer find anything at the market. We decided to find a flight to return to Brazil because here I still find things at the supermarket.”
“I have more options to stay at home with the children. Here, we have swimming pools at home, we have more space.”
The most important news shared by Isabelle is that no member of her family has symptoms that would lead you to believe they should be quarantined or get tested for the coronavirus. However, as advised by the Brazilian Ministry of Health, the family will self-isolate for seven days to ensure they’re not symptomatic.
Returning to France should be easy for the Silva family as Isabelle and Thiago became citizens last year along with their children. Neymar may find it a bit more difficult as he only holds a Brazil passport and the epidemic is forcing European countries to restrict travel.
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