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Global sports company PUMA announced that the company has managed to ink a long-term deal with Brazilian striker Neymar Jr.
He will be a brand ambassador off-pitch for the company as well, wearing PUMA's most important lifestyle, training, and sport-inspired footwear and apparel products.
Neymar's 15-year-long association with Nike has also come to an end. The company had signed on with the Brazilian striker when he was just 13-years-old.
"I grew up watching videos of great football legends such as Pele, Cruyff, Matthaus, Eusebio, and Maradona. These were the KINGs of the pitch, the KINGs of my sport. I wish to bring back the legacy that those athletes created on the pitch. They each played in PUMA, and each of them created their magic in The KING,"Neymar said in an official release.
Neither Neymar nor Puma gave details of the length of the contract or how much it was worth.
Neymar will still wear Nike apparel on the pitch: the company sponsors both PSG and the Brazilian national team.
The company sponsors many of the most iconic names in sports, including Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Cristiano Ronaldo, Serena Williams, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.