This union was already suggested by multiple poker news outlets – including ThePokerPractice – when the story of Ibrahmovic turning down a €4 million deal surfaced. So it’s little surprise that PokerDoc is reporting that PokerStars and Neymar are in discussions. Here’s a bit from their story:
The information came to Pokerdoc through a source who was recently playing a home game in the house of Neymar own. She said negotiations for hiring the playmaker of the Brazilian team are well advanced and, therefore, the announcement may come out soon.
Okay, so yeah, the ol’ somebody-who-plays-in-their-home-game report isn’t always the most-reliable source. But it also isn’t the craziest thing in the world to think that Neymar could be considering a poker sponsorship deal – especially since he’s put pictures of his home game on Instagram before. Additionally, it’s obvious that Stars is willing to spend money on an elite footballer, given that there’s confirmation of their pursuit of Sweden’s Ibrahimovic.
The report goes on to claim that if the 23-year-old Brazilian does sign with PokerStars, he would be playing in at least three live tournaments every year, including EPT Monte Carlo. PokerStars Brazil has yet to confirm the report, and they merely stated that their discussions with Neymar are just a rumor at this point.
Even still, I can only fantasize about what Neymar could bring to the table regarding boosting poker’s image. He’s young, likes the game and has some of his best football years ahead of him. So if PokerStars does indeed sign him to a deal, it would not only be big for them, but also the rest of the poker world.