Paris Saint-Germain star, Neymar has now signed a partnership deal with boot supplier, Puma after leaving Nike.
Neymar had been with Nike before ending the 15 years relationship last month.
The boots supplier made the announcement on its alongside the banner “The king is back” and “Welcome to the family Neymar JR.”
Confirming the development via his social media handles, the Brazilian star said it will be a special season.
I’m very happy 🤪😁 pic.twitter.com/WIRJ0XOvQc
— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) September 12, 2020
“At the beginning of each new season, I take some time to think about my career and the choices I have made. I think about the dreams I had when I started this sport and the path that lies ahead.
“This will be a different season, a special season. For that reason, as I have done in the past, I decided to write this text,” he tweeted.
— PUMA (@PUMA) September 12, 2020
A new challenge for Neymar with Puma
Speaking ahead of his first game of the season, the Brazilian forward said he is privileged to have had unique experiences, adding that he is ready for a new challenge.
“I am about to live a unique experience, a new challenge. I consider myself privileged to have had a life filled with unique experiences and wonderful challenges.
“I grew up watching videos of great football legends such as Pele, Cruyff, Matthaus, Eusebio, and Maradona … These were the kings of the pitch, the kings of my sport. And they had something in common — a love of the game, a drive to be the best version of themselves, and a spirit that unites all. It’s not always about being the best or the greatest but instead, to inspire future generations. That is exactly what I have dreamt of for myself, to give all of me to football because football has given me everything I have. I want to do it my way, using my gift.
“New challenges, new responsibilities, I understand that. I wish to bring back the legacy that those athletes created on the pitch. I was to help bring back memories from each of their football histories and the magic they gave us in their classic leather boots — and through boots like those, leave behind my own legacy. They each played in PUMA, and each of them created their magic in The KING.
“And so now, as I begin this new season, I want the KING to reign on the pitch and inspire generations as it has inspired me and others.”
— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) September 12, 2020
Expressing his excitement over the development, Neymar said it’s a dream and honour to be part of the Puma family.
“To be in this project, associating myself to those Kings of football, through KING, it is a dream. For these reasons, from today onward, I have the honour to unite with the brand that helped the biggest legends of football become what they are.
“Every time I lace my boots, my KING boots, I will do anything to achieve all of my dreams to honour my name and that of all those great ones who wore the KING before me. This will be my PUMA history. The KING is back!”
According to reports, only four Puma executives knew about the deal to land Neymar. They had kept it as a big secret in the company and they had been working to sign the player for several months.
Neymar back in action after testing negative to COVID-19
Meanwhile, Neymar has trained with his new boot after returning to training a few hours ago. The forward missed their opening Ligue 1 fixture of the campaign, a 1-0 defeat at Lens, after testing a positive test for the coronavirus.
With Neymar back in the squad now, the PSG stars which include Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria, Keylo Navas, and others who had contracted the virus are expected to return to training soon once they test negative and, the Ligue 1 giant will the full squad back.
Voltei aos treinos, super feliz … O PAI TA ON 🤪 #CORONAOUT— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) September 11, 2020
Neymar left Barcelona for the Paris club from Barcelona in 2017 for a world-record €222 million fee. Since then, he has won three Ligue 1 titles. The highlight of his success at the club last season was the French club’s first Champions League final in August, where they were beaten 1-0 by Bayern Munich.
Neymar has been known to be a winner. Such was his reaction after failing to win the Champions League trophy for the Paris club. The Paris club has been wanting to win the trophy after spending money on star players for the past decade.
He had won the Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, and two La Liga titles with Barcelona during his stint with the La Liga giant.
So, with this new adventure, it is hoped that Neymar experiences another success in Europe by finally helping PSG to land the trophy that has eluded them over the years as a reward for their massive investment.
We shall see if the king is really back soon with the new booth.