Neymar supports Bolsonaro in Brazil’s presidential election

Brazilian soccer superstar Neymar announced his support for far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, three days before a deeply polarized election, in a video posted on TikTok on Thursday.

In the video, the Paris SG striker, who has more than eight million subscribers on TikTok and nearly 180 million on Instagram, smilingly mimes a song calling for a vote for Bolsonaro.

Strong support for the outgoing head of state, who trailed leftist former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in the polls. Jair Bolsonaro tweeted a video of Neymar.

“Vote, vote and confirm, on the 22nd, it’s Bolsonaro,” says the refrain of the electronic music song, referring to the code to be typed into the electronic ballot box on Sunday.

Wearing a black cap, the 30-year-old soccer player fidgets on his chair, mimicking the number “two” with the fingers of both hands.

On Wednesday, the Seleção star striker, one of the favorites for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, already made a video visit to President Bolsonaro’s Neymar Jr., his charity in Praia Grande, near Sao Paulo (southeast). He openly invited people to vote for him.

But the communications minister, Fabio Faria, added in the release of the video: “All in yellow (and) green, with the jersey “Celeção” to vote for our captain next Sunday”.

A month ago, the head of state posted a photo of himself with a ball that Neymar had given him.

A number of celebrities have taken a stand during the presidential campaign, with major support for Lula in show business, such as pop star Anita, who has 63 million followers on Instagram.


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