(FILE) Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian ahead Neymar reacts throughout the French L1 soccer match towards Lille on the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on November 22, 2019. FRANCK FIFE / AFP
Neymar has donated $1 million to battle the influence of the brand new coronavirus in his native Brazil, based on TV community SBT.
The Paris Saint-Germain star, the world’s third-highest-paid footballer, donated a part of the cash to the United Nations Youngsters’s Fund (UNICEF), and the remainder to a charitable fund launched by his pal Luciano Huck, a Brazilian TV presenter, the report mentioned.
The striker’s press workplace declined to remark, saying: “We never talk about donations or amounts.”
Neymar, 28, adopted the instance of PSG teammate Kylian Mbappe, who final month made what was described as a serious donation — quantity undisclosed — to a French charity serving to battle the influence of COVID-19.
Huck, who has been touted as a attainable candidate in Brazil’s 2022 presidential election, launched his fund to assist poor Rio de Janeiro neighborhoods significantly weak to coronavirus.
The donations come as high-paid footballers face strain to forego a few of their salaries amid the disaster, which has floor the sporting world to a halt and left some golf equipment struggling to pay their workers.
Neymar is using out the pandemic at his luxurious villa in Mangaratiba, a resort city exterior Rio.
He confronted criticism final week after he was photographed enjoyable with a gaggle of associates on a seaside volleyball court docket, at the same time as half the world’s inhabitants — together with most of Brazil — is in confinement to sluggish the virus’ unfold.
His press workforce mentioned he was receiving no guests and was in quarantine at a “completely isolated” residence with individuals who made the journey from France with him.