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Neymar hires UFC star Nordine Taleb as human shield in Paris

Neymar, who signed for French giants PSG in a record 199 million Pounds deal, has reportedly linked up with UFC star Nordine Taleb

football Updated: Aug 16, 2017 19:32 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Neymar will now be protected by UFC superstar Nordine Taleb in Paris. He has already scored on his debut for Paris St Germain (PSG)(Getty Images)

Neymar has reportedly hired UFC star Nordine Taleb as his bodyguard. The Brazilian star, who signed for French soccer giants Paris St Germain in a record 199 million Pound deal from Barcelona, is already quite popular with local fans.

Brazilian superstar and world's most expensive footballer Neymar poses next to the monumental wood sculpture "Broken Chair" during an event organized by NGO Handicap International on August 15, 2017 at the Place des Nations in Geneva. Neymar has been appointed as new goodwill ambassador for Handicap International an NGO aiming to help disabled and vulnerable people in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. ( AFP )

Neymar, the world’s most expensive player, marked his Paris Saint-Germain bow with a goal. He scored and set up another in Sunday’s 3-0 Ligue 1 win at Guingamp.

Neymar sent a delightful through ball to Edinson Cavani for PSG’s second goal before the Brazil international tapped home into an empty net with eight minutes remaining.

Nordine Taleb of France steps onto the scale during the UFC 190 Rousey v Correia weigh-in at HSBC Arena on July 31, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro. ( Getty Images )

The 6 feet 1 inch welterweight Taleb is a French powerhouse. The party-going Neymar has been linked with the 36-year-old UFC star paid to work as the Brazilian’s human shield and to keep him safe in Paris.

“I am very serene. I knew it would be very difficult to leave Barca, but I am very happy to be here,” Neymar told Canal+.

“People think that leaving Barca is to die, but no, it’s the opposite: I’m more alive than ever.

“I play, I’m very happy, and football is the same. Only the country, the city and the team change, but football is the same,” said Neymar.

First Published: Aug 16, 2017 19:32 IST