Neymar has revealed to CNews that he is considering becoming a professional poker player after hanging up his spikes. The PSG star also sees many similarities between poker and football.
The reconversion of Neymar seems ready. The end of the career of the 29-year-old Brazilian star in sparkling form with PSG still seems a long way off. It would also be very close to making a long-term commitment with the capital club. But the striker has, however, a retraining plan once he hangs up his crampons. Invited to confide on his passion for poker to our colleagues at CNews, the former Barça player loudly proclaimed his desire for retraining.
“It’s true, it’s true,” he blurted out to the journalist who asked him if he wanted to become a professional poker player after his football career. “It’s one of the things I love to do the most. I feel very comfortable and I think after playing football I will be able to do tournaments, travel to play tournaments. which I always wanted to participate in and which I couldn’t do because of my schedule and my career. So when I finish my football career, that’s one of the things I’m going to do, travel to play this type of tournament. “
Similarities between football and poker
“I am sure that in a few years, when I finish my career, I will be a little better, I will know how to enjoy the game itself and have fun, which is the most important thing”, supported the Brazilian, whose passion for poker is no longer a secret. After his expulsion against Lille, at the beginning of the month, he was also consoled by winning € 1,740 in earnings when he returned home.
According to Neymar, his passions for football and poker are not incompatible, far from it. He also sees a lot of similarities between the two. “Among the similarities between poker and football, I think focus is one of them,” he told CNews. “The way you read your opponent and the game is also very important. I think one of the most important things in football, and what I do on the pitch, is to read the game, read your opponent, and see where you can attack, where you can move to create a chance for your team. And in poker it’s the same, you have to read the game, read your opponents and know the right time to attack your opponent. ” If it displays the same level as in the return match of the Champions League against Bayern Munich, we do not give much of the skin of the opponents of the “Ney” on the poker table.