Jatin Paranjape terms his gift from Neymar as a priced possession
He came across Neymar for the first time in Barcelona in the year of 2012.
Updated - Aug 9, 2017 1:38 pm
Brazilian football player Neymar has entered the history books after completing his transfer from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint Germain in a 222 million Euros deal. The extraordinary transfer that shook the world and smashed all records will also see the footballer get a private jet and a share of the income from the hotels owned by the PSG board. One year before the deal, Neymar Junior gifted a signed Brazil shirt of his to former Indian cricketer Jatin Paranjape.
Pranjape, who is 45-year-old, was associated with a sports equipment giant and held a senior position in European football. He was fortunate enough to work with some of the biggest names from the world of football including Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar. However, Paranjape left the job last year and he was gifted an autographed Brazil t-shirt by Neymar himself. Both the individuals have worked together on products and campaigns during the build up to the 2014 football World Cup.
Pranjape mentioned that the shirt is of immense value to him. The retired cricketer went on to say that he was fortunate enough to work with monumental personalities from the world of football. Paranjape also has the shirt put up in his office ‘Khelomore’, which is an aggregator of sports coaches and academies across ten Indian cities.
“The shirt means a lot to me,” said Paranjape. “It reminds me of the huge opportunity I got — to work with big stars at possibly the biggest event in sport. Neymar came across as a simple and friendly guy. I was pleasantly surprised to receive the shirt. I have put it up in my current office.” he added.
He came across Neymar for the first time in Barcelona in the year of 2012. According to Paranjape, Neymar has schoolboy looks but his game is completely different. Paranjape hailed himself as a leader and also stated the the Brazilian is fast, strong and tenacious. “What struck me about him is how slight he looked. He looked like a schoolboy in seventh or eighth grade,” Paranjape says. “But on the field he is the opposite – strong, fast and tenacious. He’s a leader.” he said.