Fresh from his first win with Paris Saint-Germain and his world-record signing from Barcelona, which Sportsmail reported was worth £198million, Neymar was announced as a goodwill ambassador outside the United Nations in Geniva.
Strapped to a harness and mounted on top of huge chair statue, the Brazilian was seen doing kick-ups and booting footballs out to the crowd. The statue was put up in remembrance of landmine victims.
He kicked a football to fans standing below and into the U.N. grounds. Surrounded by his parents, Neymar Santos Senior and Nadine Santos, he wore a black baseball cap and Handicap International t-shirt inscribed ‘Reparer les vies’, translating to ‘Repair Lives’.
Paris Saint-Germain’s new prize acquisition told reporters the opportunity to work with the organisation that advocates for the rights of disabled people marked “a unique moment” in his life.
Speaking later to reporters inside the UN, Neymar said his precise role with Handicap International had not yet been hammered out, but voiced hope it would “be a successful partnership”.
Handicap International said the footballer’s mandate would be advocate for the rights of “people with disabilitiesin poor countries, victims of natural disasters and conflicts.”
Neymar earned rave reviews for his goal scoring debut with PSG this week, which followed a record 222-million-euro transfer from former club Barcelona.