Memphis Depay of Lyon celebrates Neymar’s 29th birthday

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Memphis Depay has continued with his tradition of always celebrating the birthday of Neymar who ought to be his rival in the French Ligue 1.

The 26-year-old Netherlands center-forward who plays for Lyon took to his Instagram page to share a picture of himself posing beside Neymar before a league game to mark the Brazilian 29th birthday. In the caption, he described the Paris Saint Germain forward as a “young legend”.

Neymar turned 29-year-old on Friday, February 5, 2021. Unfortunately for the Brazilian footballer who recently confessed that he could not stop partying, the coronavirus pandemic did not allow him to throw a big party as he did in 2020.

Talking about the party he threw when he turned 28 last year, Memphis Depay was one of the dignitaries that graced the all-white party. It was a thing of surprise that Depay could show so much connection with Neymar even though they play for rival clubs – Lyon and PSG and they don’t play for the same national team.

Memphis Depay and Neymar at Neymar's all-white birthday party in February 2020.
Memphis Depay and Neymar at Neymar’s all-white birthday party in February 2020.

When Neymar turned 29 this year, Memphis Depay decided to go as far as writing about how excited he is to see what God has planned for Neymar, noting that God brought the Brazilian footballer into the world to be an inspiration.

“Happy birthday bro. God has put you on this world to inspire”, Memphis Depay wrote on Instagram on Friday, February 5. “I know your journey is far from over and I’m excited to see what more God has planned for you. Enjoy your day! #YoungLegend”.

Just like Neymar when he was 26-year-old, Memphis Depay is one of the most sought out forward in Europe at age 26. He has been doing wonders for Lyon and the club is doing everything possible to keep him at the club.

Unfortunately for the club, Depay’s contract will expire in June 2021 and yet, Lyon has not been able to reach an agreement with the Netherlands international to extend it.

This situation has continued to promote the speculation that Memphis Depay might leave Lyon to join either Real Madrid or FC Barcelona which are two of the many European top clubs that have shown interest in him.

However, the Netherlands international has stressed that he didn’t say he wouldn’t stay at Lyon but his body language is suggesting that he might be one of the players that might switch clubs in the summer of 2021.

So far this season, Memphis Depay has scored 11 league goals and provided 6 assists in 21 French Ligue 1 games. While his friend, Neymar, managed to make just 10 league appearances due to injury. Despite the low number of games, the Brazilian footballer has scored 6 goals and provided 4 assists in the league so far this season.