Neymar becomes goodwill ambassador for world’s disabled

first_imgBy Stephanie NebehayGENEVA, (Reuters) – Neymar, fresh from his first win with Paris St Germain and his world-record signing for the club, became a goodwill ambassador for Handicap International yesterday, pledging to work for millions who are “less visible” but deserve equality.The Brazilian forward, whose 222 million-euro ($259.72M) signing from Barcelona this month doubled the world- record transit fee, mounted a huge statue of a chair outside the U.N. in Geneva that symbolises landmine victims.He kicked a soccer ball to fans standing below and into the U.N. grounds. Surrounded by his parents, Neymar Santos (Sr) and Nadine Santos, he wore a black baseball cap and Handicap International black t-shirt with the inscription ‘Repair Lives’.“I would like to begin by thanking you all for what you do for the least visible in the world, so they become more visible.“I have to say that I am very pleased to be here and to be the new ambassador,” the 25-year-old told a news briefing.Neymar, asked what work or field visits he planned, replied:“I hope this will be a very successful partnership and that we will be able to help a large number of people,” he said. “Millions want their rights, they want to be treated better. That’s what we are here for and that is what our aim is.”last_img read more