I’ll be back SOON’: Neymar vows to ‘one day’ return to boyhood club Santos


Neymar has pledged to one day return to his Brazilian roots after making a surprise appearance at his boyhood club Santos.

The Brazilian trickster burst onto the world stage at Santos in 2009 at just 17-years-old and quickly began to forge a status as one of the nation’s most talented rising stars.

His flair and outrageous skill caught the eye of Barcelona and from there the winger’s rise to the top of world football began.

Neymar is currently nursing a knee injury but appeared at Santos’ Copa Sudamericana clash with Audax Italiano.

Speaking after the match that he watched from one of the club’s executive boxes, Neymar told GOAL: ‘It’s nice to come back to my house.

‘I feel at home here, so happy to be back here after 10 years. Unfortunately it was a draw, I wanted the win.

‘I came here to support Santos and receive the affection of the fans,’ he added.

It was the club that gave me everything, that opened doors for me and my family, that revealed me to the world,’ said Neymar.

The Brazil national team captain then engaged with Santos supporters as he left the Urbano Caldeira stadium and pointed towards a return in the future.

‘One day I’ll be back. I’ll be back soon,’ Neymar explained as he revealed his intentions to begin to the place that kick-started his career on the global stage.

The 31-year-old was allowed to visit the match as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury that he underwent surgery on in March.

His existing PSG contract expires in 2025 and Neymar could choose to stay in Paris in an attempt to run down his deal before heading back to Brazil as a free agent.

Neymar has been busy making a name for himself in the casino world in an effort to fill his spare time while he is unable to play and recently blew £900,000 in an hour gambling session streamed online.


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