Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro thanked soccer star Neymar for his support on Sunday, three weeks before the second round of presidential elections against Lula. “Neymar, thank you. Thank you for his concern, not for my fate, but for his country. I am a simple soldier. you are on top“, declared the head of state during an interview of more than four hours with the YouTube channel Pilhado.
“Neymar lives abroad (in Paris), he sees what is happening in the world. He must say to himself: I don’t lack anything, but I don’t want my loved ones to suffer like the inhabitants of Latin American countries governed by the left, such as Venezuela, Argentina, Chile or Nicaragua. He is not afraid to put himself out there and he has a strong following among young first-time voters.in this choice, he insisted.
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The Paris SG star striker had sided with the far-right president three days before the first round of the presidential election, smilingly imitating a campaign jingle in a TikTok video. The next day, he defended himself against the multiple criticisms he received on social networks.
“We talk about democracy and about many things, but when someone has a different opinion they are attacked by the same people who talk about democracy. Will understand“, the number 10 of the Seleçao had tweeted.
Athletes are part of Bolsonaro’s strategy
During this Sunday’s interview, videos of other athletes supporting Jair Bolsonaro were shown on the screen, with, for example, messages from former Juventus midfielder Felipe Melo, who plays today for Fluminense, or former basketball player Nenê Hilario, who played 17 years at Fluminense. the NBA, especially the Denver Nuggets.
The head of state also took advantage of this River interview to once again call his opponent a “thief” in the second round, former left-wing president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. “Lula has surpassed Al Capone. Al Capone was a pickpocket with Lula“He launched, referring to the famous mobster who ruled the world of crime in Chicago in the 1920s.
The left-wing candidate, who is favored by the polls for the second round on October 30, did not hesitate to attack his opponent on Sunday: “Bolsonaro lies effortlessly, he never tells the truth“, said the former steel worker during a press conference in Belo Horizonte.
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