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Paris Saint-Germain Star Neymar Wants to Become a Professional Poker Player After Retiring From Football

Neymar would like to become a professional poker player
Neymar would like to become a professional poker player / Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar has revealed his desire to become a professional poker player when he finally hangs up his football boots.

The Brazilian admitted he started played poker during the 2014 World Cup and would spend time playing with Gerard Pique during his time at Barcelona. Keylor Navas and Leandro Paredes are currently his poker rivals at PSG, and the 29-year-old has admitted he wants to go professional.

When asked by CNEWS if his goal was to be a professional poker player when he retires from football, Neymar said: "It's true, it's true. It's one of the things I love to do the most. I feel very comfortable and I think that after playing football I will be able to do tournaments, travel to play tournaments that I have always wanted to participate in and could not do because of my agenda and my career.

"So when I finish my football career, that's one of the things I'm going to do, travel to play this type of tournament. Among the similarities between poker and football, I think focus is one of them. The way you read your opponent and the game is also very important.

"I think one of the most important things in football, and what I do on the pitch, is to read the game, read your opponent, and see where you can attack, where you can move to create a chance for your team. And in poker it's the same, you have to read the game, read your opponents and know the right time to attack your opponent."

Neymar is currently contemplating his future with the Ligue 1 giants, as a return to Barcelona has been touted, with contract talks reportedly stalled at the Parc des Princes. He helped Mauricio Pochettino's side past Bayern Munich in the Champions League earlier this week, setting up a semi-final clash with Manchester City.