Very criticized in Brazil after its scientist World Cup, Neymar continues to annoy the general public. While on vacation in his native country before rallying USA and PSG, the attacker engages in his passion for poker. And he progresses as illustrated his presence at the final table of a tournament.
Neymar, a new star of the poker tables?
For very long months, the Brazilian striker in Paris Saint Germain, Neymar, has repeatedly recalled how much he appreciated poker. But he had hidden as many as possible that he was a good player ... even, a real grinder!
Indeed, on the night of July 25 to 26, 2018, the star of the ball shone at the poker tables since he reached the final table of the Brazilian Series of Poker. So, of course, this is not the biggest tournament on the planet but still.
Nearly 300 players had met in Sao Paulo for a poker tournament which is among the most important in South America. Not really expected, Neymar was able to get out of the game and finished in 6th place, who was gaining a gain of 18,500 euros.
On the poker level, the performance of the Auriverde player is therefore beautiful but many criticisms appeared after his presence during this tournament. In Brazil, as in USA, much, much judge that the player would better prepare physically for the next few weeks rather than spending his time playing poker.
It must be said that between the World Cup where his "rolled" were the subject of various mockery and the poor communication of the player at the end of the past season - injured in the ankle, he had left USA early and had Filmed playing poker during PSG - Neymar matches is in the media sight. All his actions are therefore scrutinized and the slightest gap makes the fatty cabbage of the press.
Neymar is not the first football player to shine around the poker tables even if many have done it once their careers ended.
Football and poker - Some similarities
This is actually a very simple explanation, football and poker have some similarities. If we omit the physical aspect of football, it is clear that poker player and professional footballer must tackle a part of cards or a match in Similar provisions. Likewise, they must be able to be composure, concentration but also rigor.
Another common point, they must adopt a tactic which can be rather defensive or on the contrary offensive. Should we push the opponents to the fault with an aggressive style of play or take a step back and play tight, it's up to you.
On the other hand, it is certain that a professional footballer has weapons to be a good poker player. It is for that, in addition to their notoriety, that many high -level sportsmen are chosen by online poker operators to promote discipline. Sometimes even, it is a question of coming to challenge sports champions around a poker table ...
Not sure that it pleases clubs who would often prefer to see their players devote themselves to their football career rather than anticipating a future poker player career.