Sergio Ramos Once Said "We'd Have To Negotiate His Sister's Birthday" If Real Madrid Signed Neymar
After suffering a grade two tear in the adductor muscle of his left leg during this week's Coupe de France clash against Caen, the Brazilian has been ruled out for a month.
But it's March 11th; the birthday of Neymar's younger sister, Rafaella Santos, that people are taking about.
Worth pointing out that 11th March is not only the Barcelona return leg - but it's also Neymar's sister's birthday!#PSG- Robin Bairner (@RBairner) February 11, 2021
Neymar has gone off injured for PSG.- FootballFunnys (@FootballFunnnys) February 10, 2021
His sister's birthday is on the 11th of March. :eyes: pic.twitter.com/nv2CGOIqPS
Neymar went off injured for PSG last night.- CaughtOffside (@caughtoffside) February 11, 2021
His sister's birthday is on the 11th of March. :eyes: pic.twitter.com/InkSXIeWYe
It's a date that he mysteriously tends to have off each year.
During his time at Barcelona in 2015 and 2016, Neymar was suspended on March 11. He also suffered an adductor injury in 2017 and was absent from the game against Deportivo in 2018.
A year later he suffered another injury and on Wednesday night, he was once again ruled out - meaning that he could spend another March 11 on the sidelines.
2015: Suspended- Goal (@goal) February 12, 2021
Neymar's sister's birthday curse strikes again :birthday: pic.twitter.com/f7N825asCH
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It's a pretty strange coincidence, isn't it?
Even Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos referenced it when asked about transfer rumours linking Neymar with a move to Los Blancos back in November 2017.
In an interview with Cadena SER, he joked: "I like to play with the best and Neymar is one of them, I hope. What we would have to negotiate is his sister's birthday!"
Neymar, meanwhile, has expressed his frustration in an emotional message on social media after he was ruled out for a month through injury.
"I'm very sad, the pain is immense," Neymar wrote.
"Once again I will have to stop doing what I love most in life for a while, which is playing football. Sometimes I feel uncomfortable because of the way I play, I dribble and I end up getting fouled constantly.
"I don't know if it's me or what I do on the pitch that is the problem. It really saddens me.
"It makes me sad to hear a player, a coach, a commentator or whoever say "you really have to hit him", "he's a diver", "he's a cry baby", "he's a child", "he's spoiled", etc.
"It really makes me sad and I don't how much more of it I can stand. I just want to be happy playing football and nothing more."
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