Neymar parties in Rio ahead of PSG's Champions League clash with Man United

Neymar parties in Rio ahead of PSG's Champions League clash with Man United

- Neymar was enjoying with friends in a famous carnival in Rio de Janeiro

- The PSG star will miss his team's last 16 Champions League tie with Man United

- The 27-year-old is currently nursing an injury that has kept him out for weeks

Neymar was busy partying in a carnival back in Brazil while his Paris Saint-Germain teammates were preparing for the last 16 Champions League clash with Manchester United.

The 27-year-old is currently nursing a broken metatarsal and he will miss the second leg fixture against the Premier League club in midweek.

The former Barcelona star chose to recover in his country enjoying himself rather than staying in the French capital.

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Neymar has been part of the world famous annual Rio de Janeiro's carnival which started in the past week.

He attended the parade of the Vila Isabel samba school performance during the second night of Rio's Carnival parade at the Sambadrome.

Also in attendance was Brazil surfer Gabriel Medina, who is a close friend to the PSG star along with singers Anitta and Ludmila, as they partied all night.

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Neymar recently denied partying gets in the way of his performances for his club.

The Brazil international has scored 48 goals in 53 appearances in his two season at Parc Des Princes but he has come under continuous scrutiny for his off-the-pitch lifestyle.

"I do not think that my social life hinders my performance on the pitch," Neymar told Globo Esporte .

"In fact, I even find it funny that what I do off the pitch gets compared with what I do on it.

"My statistics on the pitch are still very good. I said back during the [2016] Olympics that 'my personal life is my personal life.' I will keep going, doing what I think I should do, because it is me - my business.

"On the pitch, I can be questioned - [journalists] are there to talk about my performances. You can talk about that. Away from the pitch, I will take care of myself. If I want to do it, I will do it - my life is mine, I am 27."

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Paris-Saint-Germain superstar Neymar has ruled out a return to Barcelona stressing that he is attracted to play for Real Madrid.

Despite serious claims linking the Brazil international with a return to Camp Nou, Neymar made it clear that he has already fulfilled his dream of playing for the Catalans. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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