Neymar was dealt a blow in the warm-up to today’s match against Villarreal when the officials told him he wouldn’t be able to wear his headband during the actual game.
The Brazilian superstar limbered up whilst wearing a Nike headband, a few days after wearing a plain black beanie hat in the Champions League win over BATE Borisov.
But the referee for today’s La Liga tie, Clos Gómez, informed Neymar that his choice of head wear wasn’t suitable, as it showed of the Nike’s swoosh logo.
The American sportswear giants have sponsored Neymar since he was 18, and manufacture Barcelona’s kits, but the Spanish FA and UEFA have strict rules on so-called ‘ambush marketing’, where brands gatecrash sporting events by advertising products without becoming official partners.
It didn’t make much difference to the attacker’s performance, with Neymar scoring twice in the 3-0 victory, one of which was an absolutely world class goal.