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Hassan Al Thawadi: No discussions with Neymar over World Cup ambassadorial role

12:19 am AEDT 21/11/17
Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain
The Brazilian star of PSG may not be named as one of the ambassadors of the World Cup 2022 in Qatar…

PSG may have roped in Neymar for a record  €222 million from Barcelona but that doesn’t guarantee him an ambassadorial role for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

While there have been suggestions that the Brazilian skipper will be the face of the World Cup in the Arab region, Hassan Al Thawadi, the Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) has dispelled such talk.

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“Let me tell you that PSG and Qatar’s World Cup are two independent projects. We are not interlinked.

“With regards to Neymar being the brand ambassador, he is a big star and if he continues in this way he will be one of the biggest stars. However, currently there are no plans,” he informed.

He further explained as to which qualities they look for when a legend is  brought onboard. He cited the example of Xavi Hernandez, who currently plies his trade for Qatar’s Al Sadd club.

“Xavi is one of our ambassadors. We are in discussions with former and current players. However, it is important to point out that we are not just after the stars but for role models who represent the values we believe in.

“Xavi is the ambassador for Generation Amazing which is a football for development programme in remote areas. Apart from him being the greatest midfielder ever, he understands the power of football.

“Neymar is not part of the plan for now in future if he will be, that’s a discussion for the future.”