Despite the Brazilian Football Confederation avoiding mixing politics with sports, Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar decided to stir controversy in his country with the support of President Jair Bolsonaro.
The Union’s position was clear not to engage in political conflicts, by being associated with any of the candidates in the presidential elections or any parties during the ongoing campaigns.
But Neymar went out to thank the current president after his term ended, and recorded a video clip with his campaign song to urge citizens to vote for him again
How did Neymar support the Brazilian president?
The story began with Bolsonaro’s visit to the private Neymar Institute in Brazil, during the first round of the presidential elections, where he appeared as he interacted with the children at the institute and sent a letter of thanks to the player.
For his part, Neymar came out in a video to respond to this step, saying: “President Bolsonaro, thank you for your brilliant visit, I really wanted to be with you on this day but I am far away, next time we will be together because this institute is the biggest goal I have achieved in my life.” .
The Brazilian star came out in another video, dancing to the song for the Brazilian president’s campaign, and asked citizens to vote for his number 22 in the polling process.
For his part, Brazilian Communications Minister Fabio Faria used Neymar’s video to solicit Bolsonaro’s support on social media.
This move came from Neymar to raise controversy in his country, because Bolsonaro belongs to the far-right party and did not enjoy the required popularity throughout his presidency
What is the position of the Brazilian Federation?
The Brazilian newspaper “uol” said that the federation led by its president, Edinaldo Rodriguez, does not prevent any player from expressing his opinion and political preferences, and the same is true of coach Tite.
Neymar is known to have a good relationship with President Bolsonaro and they had many meetings with the exchange of gifts and letters of thanks and praise.
But the best approach at the moment remains for none of the national team players to engage in political matters, especially before the World Cup in November.
The Brazilian Confederation is keen to separate the team from the selection of a particular political movement, while not receiving any politicians inside its official headquarters except in institutional settings only and not in promotional activities.
This situation is the opposite of what happened in the past, when the Brazilian Confederation did not mind making political contributions to the candidates, and it was common in previous administrations to use the image of the Brazilian team in various activities outside the sporting sphere, especially in the era of Ricardo Teixeira, the former president of the federation