PUMA has signed a long-term partnership with the football star following the end of his 15-year relationship with Nike. Neymar Jr. will not only wear PUMA boots on pitch, but will be a brand ambassador off-pitch, wearing PUMA’s most important lifestyle, training, and sport-inspired footwear and apparel products.
The star put out a letter on his social media accounts, he explained that he was inspired to switch to PUMA after growing up watching videos of Pelé, Eusebio, Diego Maradona, and Johan Cruyff.
“I grew up watching videos of great football legends such as Pelé, Cruyff, Matthäus, Eusébio, and Maradona,” Neymar Jr. said. “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.”
He continued: “Every time I lace my boots, my KING boots, I will do anything to achieve all of my dreams to honor my name and that of all those great ones who wore the KING before me. This will be my PUMA history. The KING is back!”
Neymar Jr. joins the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Sergio Agüero and Luis Suárez in wearing PUMA.
“Neymar Jr. joining our PUMA Family is fantastic”, said Bjørn Gulden, CEO of PUMA. “He is one of the best players in the world and extremely influential for the global football and youth culture. We are very excited and look forward to working with him both on and off the pitch.”