Neymar’s Father Debunks Report That PSG Star Is In Brazil to Attend Pele’s Funeral

After an initial report had Neymar Jr. in Brazil to pay his respects to the legendary footballer Pelé, the Paris Saint-Germain star’s father debunked that rumor by confirming that his son isn’t in the country.

Neymar Sr. spoke with local media in Brazil (h/t RMC Sport), where he confirmed that his son wouldn’t be attending the public service on Monday or the private one that will occur Tuesday. 

As a result, the player’s father is serving as his representation, and like other football personalities and foreign clubs, the PSG star had a wreath sent, which was placed around the coffin, sheltered under a large white tent.

“We know what it is to lose someone and we have not only lost an athlete, we have lost a citizen, the person Pelé,” Neymar Sr. said. “No, Neymar is not going to come.”

The 30-year-old had been suspended for the RC Lens match as he received a red card in PSG’s 2-1 win over Strasbourg last Wednesday, so he wasn’t part of the squad that fell 3-1 Sunday. 

While the capital club would have understood Neymar’s absence if he had gone to Brazil, it seems he wants to be with the team, who will be looking for a bounce back performance on Friday when they face LB Châteauroux in the French Cup Round of 64. 

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