PSG ace Neymar plans to become a professional poker player when he retires after agreeing new role with PokerStars

NEYMAR plans to make Manchester City fold in their upcoming Champions League showdown – before devoting his career to POKER.

The Brazil superstar has helped PSG into the semi-finals, where they will face City in two high-stakes encounters.

Neymar has spoken of his love for playing poker, and his plans to turn professional once he hangs up his boots.

He has taken up a new role as cultural ambassador for PokerStars having joined the team last year.

The 29-year-old said: "It's true I plan to turn pro. I feel very comfortable playing poker, and think I can play in major tournaments after my football career is over.

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"I began playing during the 2014 World Cup, and I have fallen in love with the game.

"I play poker in an aggressive fashion. My favourite hands are a pair of tens – after my shirt number – and Jack-Five.

"There are similarities between football and poker, in the ways how you read your game and your opponent, and choose when to attack. 

"I used to play it a lot while with Barcelona, and we play often at PSG.

"I make myself hard for my opponents to read, although I play too many hands.


 

"The first time I got a pet dog I named him 'Poker' as I love the game so much.

"Every time I sit down to play I aim to win – whether it is with friends, online or in a tournament."

Neymar has had lessons from leading Brazilian poker pros Andre Akkari and Rafa Moraes.

The striker has twice scooped domestic trebles with PSG, in 2018 and last year.

But he now hopes to inspire the Ligue 1 club to a full house of trophies – by overcoming Pep Guardiola's City before beating Chelsea or Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

On his new role with PokerStars he said: "Poker is so much more than just the game, it is a community and a culture and that is what I love about it.

"I am excited to start this next chapter with PokerStars, and we are already collaborating on a number of key areas.”

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To celebrate his new role, PokerStars and Neymar are also launching an exclusive Golden Chip giveaway. 

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Each chip unlocks a high value prize including signed merchandise and clothing, as well as once in a lifetime VIP experiences and gifts curated by Neymar himself.

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