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 on 15 August 2017, pledging to work for millions who are “less visible” but deserve equality.
The Brazilian forward, whose €222 million ($259.72 million) signing from Barcelona this month doubled the world-record transit fee, mounted a huge statue of a chair outside the United Nations in Geneva that symbolizes landmine victims. He kicked a soccer ball to fans standing below and into the U.N. grounds. Surrounded by his parents, Neymar Santos Senior and Nadine Santos, he wore a black baseball cap and Handicap International black t-shirt with the inscription.
“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. “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.”