Football superstar Neymar Jr is PokerStars' newest Brand Ambassador! The young Brazilian, who has more than 18 million Twitter followers and 51.2 million Facebook fans, will promote Pokerstars in advertising, charitable events and special appearances, including participating in major live and online poker tournaments.
"Neymar Jr is one of the brightest stars in the sporting world and PokerStars is proud to be associated with him. Together we will grow the popularity of poker and show new audiences the competitive, fun and strategic game of poker," said Michael Hazel, interim CEO of PokerStars. "Working with Neymar Jr continues PokerStars' history of investing in mainstream athletes who want to leverage their success in competitive sports to become successful poker players."
Neymar regularly posts photos and videos on his Instagram about his poker adventures, including home games with friends, as well as photos with his dog named ‘Poker'.
"Growing up and playing football everyday has made me a competitive person. When I'm not playing football, playing poker and competing against my teammates on the road or in home games with friends is one of my favourite things to do," said Neymar Jr.
"To be a successful poker player, you require many of the same skills needed to be a successful footballer - mental strength is important; resilience, patience, composure and focus. I love the challenge, whether it's on the football pitch or at the poker table," he continued.
source: press release - FOOTBALL SUPERSTAR NEYMAR JR BECOMES POKERSTARS BRAND AMBASSADOR