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Neymar severs ties with Nike amid Puma rumours

The Brazilian has been with the sporting giant for over 15 years but has made the surprise decision to move

 
12:21pm on Sunday 30th August 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

Neymar has taken the decision to sever his relationship with Nike, with rumours that a switch to rivals Puma is imminent.

The Brazilian has been associated with the sportswear giant for the last 15 years and it appeared to be a relationship that would last his entire career.

But Neymar has reportedly pushed back on the economic terms being offered and he has chosen to walk away as of 31 August.

Nike had been keen to reach an agreement earlier in 2020 but because of the coronavirus situation discussions were put on hold which allowed Neymar the opportunity to negotiate with other providers.

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Josh Benedek, Nike spokesperson, said: “I can confirm Neymar is no longer a Nike athlete.”

Puma have rejected requests for more information but speculation is increasing that Neymar has chosen to join the German sportswear firm.

Neymar first signed for Nike when he was 13-year-old prodigy making a name for himself in Brazil.

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