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Football star Neymar backs Bolsonaro ahead of Brazil election

  • 30 Sep 2022

In a short TikTok post, Neymar Jr.sings a couple of lyrics from a campaign jingle, calling out President Bolsonaro's position on the ballot before imploring votes for the far-right leader.

Neymar's public backing comes a day after Bolsonaro visited a charitable institute near Sao Paulo belonging to the global superstar. ( Reuters Archive )

Brazilian football star Neymar Jr has endorsed far-right President Jair Bolsonaro's uphill re-election bid, showing his support in a TikTok video as he smiled and danced to a campaign jingle ahead of the weekend's pivotal election.

Neymar's public backing on Thursday came a day after Bolsonaro visited a charitable institute near Sao Paulo belonging to the global superstar, who currently plays professionally for Paris Saint-Germain Football Club.

Neymar appeared in a separate video greeting Bolsonaro at the institute event but stopped short of endorsing the incumbent, who trails former leftist president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, known as Lula, in opinion polls ahead of the first-round Oct. 2 vote.

Bolsonaro trails former president and frontrunner Lula by 14 points, according to a poll released on Thursday by Datafolha.

In the short TikTok post, Neymar sings a couple of lyrics from the campaign jingle, calling out Bolsonaro's position on the ballot before imploring votes for the right-wing leader.

At the event the day earlier, Neymar thanked Bolsonaro for "this illustrious visit."

READ MORE: Bolsonaro camp plays up Neymar video as Brazil election nears

Race for celebrity support

In recent days, Neymar helped Brazil's national team as they thrashed Ghana and Tunisia in friendly games in the run-up to this year's Qatar World Cup, set to kick off in late November.

Bolsonaro quickly posted Neymar's endorsement video on Twitter, linking his re-election bid to the push by soccer-loving Brazil to win a record-extending sixth World Cup title.

Lula has also bet on celebrity support to boost his popularity.

Earlier this week, the odds-on favorite attended an event with several Brazilian artists. 

He has also been endorsed by international stars including Mark Ruffalo, Roger Waters and Danny Glover.

READ MORE: Brazil's Bolsonaro rallies thousands of supporters at military parade

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