Neymar leaves FIFA World Cup debacle behind, shows off poker skills

first_imgDuring the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, Neymar was more in news for his theatrics than his goals. Neymar was severely criticised on social media for going to ground easily. Brazil were knocked out in the quarter-finals of the World after losing 2-1 to Belgium in an entertaining match.Leaving all that behind him, Neymar earlier this month mocked himself when he posted a video on social media poking fun at his exaggerated reactions after being fouled during the World Cup. In the video he was seen teaching kids how to fall.The Brazilian superstar took some time off from playing football and tried his hands at poker.Neymar bounced back at cards this week with the aid of some well-timed bluffs, finishing an impressive sixth place in the 288-strong field of a Brazilian Series of Poker event.Watch: Brazil superstar Neymar mocks himself, teaches kids how to fallNeymar turned his R$7,000 ($1,877) entry stake into R$79,440 ($21,308) before being eliminated in the final of the High Roller event, organisers said.”I’m very happy to be playing this tournament for the first time and for reaching the final with some great players,” the 26-year old Paris St Germain forward said, moments before the final began. “This is a new experience for me.”Neymar signed up for the tournament with five of his friends on Monday and was the only one of the six to make it through to the second day.Neymar spent an astonishing 14 minutes on the ground during World CupadvertisementThe final table of nine players was scheduled to play on Tuesday night but the contestants agreed to postpone for a day to allow Neymar to attend a friend’s wedding.He returned to compete on Wednesday but after almost four hours of play was eliminated after betting big on two consecutive losing hands.Poker has in recent years become one of the ways Brazilian footballers relax away from the game.Ronaldo is a keen player and spokesman for an online poker firm, while Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus and former Paris St Germain striker Nene also competed in Brazilian Series of Poker competitions this week, a spokesman told Reuters.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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