While Brazil fans hope that poster boy Neymar will be fit enough to work his magic in Russia this summer, the Paris Saint-Germain forward and girlfriend Bruna Marquezine have already been setting pulses racing in a rather steamy television advert.
A 15-second black and white clip, directed by Giampaolo Sgura, was released earlier this week after no shortage of social media teasers and depicts the duo frolicking around in their underwear as part of a saucy Dia dos Namorados campaign for fashion retailers C&A.
The romantic celebration, similar to Valentine’s Day, is celebrated on June 12 in Brazil, the eve of Saint Anthony’s Day.
Neymar and girlfriend Bruna Marquezine appeared in a racy advert for fashion chain C&A
The pair rekindled their relationship earlier this year having split up for the third time last June
Neymar and Marquezine, a 22-year-old actress and model, have been dating on and off for years and rekindled their romance at the beginning of 2018 having split for the third time last June.
The PSG star, who continues to be heavily linked with a move away from Paris just one year after becoming the most expensive footballer in history, scored 28 goals in just 30 appearances for his new club in 2017-18 before fracturing a metatarsal against Marseille in February.
He returned to Brazil for surgery and only began training again last weekend before being named in the Selecao’s final 23-man World Cup squad.
Neymar is in Brazil’s World Cup squad and could make his return against Croatia next month
22-year-old Marquezine is an award-winning actress and model from Rio de Janeiro
Internationally renowned photographer Giampaulo Sgura poses with a shirtless Neymar
Brazilian team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar offered an optimistic assessment of Neymar’s progression earlier this week and the latter could be in a position to make his return when Tite’s side take on Croatia at Anfield on Sunday June 3.
Brazil, who report for duty next Monday, face another warm-up friendly against Austria in Vienna a week later before beginning their quest for a sixth world title with a meeting against Switzerland in Rostov-on-Don.
They then battle Costa Rica in Saint-Petersburg before rounding off their Group E campaign against Serbia in Moscow on June 27.