Photography MARIO TESTINO Styling DAVID BRADSHAW Hair ODILE GILBERT
Jesus said love was everything.
Marx said money was everything.
Freud said sex was everything. And
Einstein proved everything was relative.
Yet no matter how brilliant these
men were, none of them imagined
the magnitude of football. Sex,
money, love: a single sport has it all.
But what about Einstein? Watching
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior
score a few goals for Barcelona or
PSG certainly demonstrates that
everything else is, indeed, relative.
And it brings up a crucial riddle: is
Neymar a lay saint or a modern-day
gladiator? Certainly both – among
other things – when in front of Mario
Dark laser-cut coat by Louis Vuitton Light high-tops by Louis Vuitton. Dark slim-fit running shorts by Nike.
Here are the questions and a few answers that Neymar JR. gave during his interview with us at Man About Town... to read the full articlebuy your copy of Man About Town here.
If you close your eyes, and think of Mogi das Cruzes, what do you
see? What do you feel?
neymar: I was not there for long. I was born in Mogi das Cruzes
because my father was also a football athlete and played in one
of the clubs in town. I spent my childhood in São Vicente and
Praia Grande, cities close to Santos. Every time I think about my
childhood I think about my family, friends, and football. Nothing
When you’re feeling blue, what music do you listen to? And when
neymar: I only listen to music that makes me happy. Samba, pop,
pagode, any kind of music! Even when I’m sad, I listen to it so
I can smile.
Do you think there really is a “Brazilian” way of playing football?
neymar: We Brazilians have “ginga” and “malemolência” as we say
over here. We like to dribble and to play beautifully. It’s that kind
of happy football that we like.
Do you care about other philanthropy projects?
neymar: At Jardim Glória, the neighbourhood I lived part of my
teenage years, in Praia Grande, we have the Instituto Projeto
Neymar Jr. We began our activities more than three years ago
with the capacity of assisting three thousand kids and teenagers
per day. It’s an educational & sports complex that helps children
from 7 to 14 years old and their families.
Some people, like the film producer Harvey Weinstein, seem to have
taken too much advantage of their celebrity. What do you think of this
neymar: I’m against any kind of abuse! If it’s from a celebrity, an
authority or any other kind of person, it’s wrong. As for this case,
I hope justice is done.
So what are your dreams now?
neymar: I want to win the Champions League with PSG and then win
the World Cup! These are my biggest dreams right now. Then, who
knows, maybe I’ll marry! (Laughs)
Being part of the PSG also means living in Paris. Did you know the
neymar: I didn’t know much of the city. Most of the times I went there
was as an athlete. To live in Paris is special. It’s a beautiful city and
I was very well welcomed by the French people regardless of the
club. I’m happy here!
You’ve been photographed several times by the legendary fashion
photographer Mario Testino: for Vogue, and now Man About town.
How does it feel to be photographed by Mario? Is posing in front of his
camera more intimidating than playing in a big stadium?
neymar: It’s incredible! He works with passion and you can see that
through his photos. He has an eye for art.
The photo shoot was kinda crazy, and took place in a car. What stands
out in your memory from the shoot?
neymar: I think the whole session is something to stand out in my
memory. I’ve never done any photo session like this one. I’ve had
a lot of fun!