Neymar Jr Sends Heartfelt Message to Former Club Santos After Humiliating Relegation

Neymar Jr Sends Heartfelt Message to Former Club Santos After Humiliating Relegation

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at December 8, 2023 at 10:04 PM
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  • Santos's 111-year stay in the Brazilian Serie A is over
  • Pele's former club relegation was confirmed on December 7
  • Neymar and Real Madrid star Rodrygo Goes have sent a message after the painful news

Neymar, just like thousands of Santos fans, were despondent after the relegation of their beloved club was confirmed.

Santos, Pele's former club were relegated for the first time in their 111-year history in what was a painful reality for the fans.

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Neymar played over 100 games for Santos. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP.
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They had a minor chance of surviving in the final day but a painful 2-1 defeat to Fortaleza in their final match meant they dropped out of the Brazilian Serie A.

Relegation-threatened Bahia beat Atletico Mineiro 4-1, while Vasco Da Gama beat Red Bull Bragantino to pass Santon on the table and confirm their relegation on December 7.

Flamengo and Sao Paulo are the only remaining teams never to be relegated. Santos won 12 state titles, six league titles and two Copas Libertadores, per BBC.

Neymar's message to Santos

Relegation was a painful reality for Santos fans like Neymar. The relegation sparked wild reactions from fans who torched cars, buses and buildings, according to Marca.

According to the report, fans attacked players with projectiles, forcing the players to hurriedly leave the pitch. The chaos caught the attention of the police, who tried to stop the unrest.

Neymar took to Instagram to react to the news of his former club getting relegated. He wrote, "Santos always Santos".

Real Madrid star Rodryo Goes also wrote a message for his former club.

"I’ll be Santos even if the ball doesn't go in, even if the stadium remains silent, even if the Sacred Mantle fades, even if victory is far away. I’ll be Santos, whether the journey is long, if the journey is hard, Santos in my chest & my soul, my chants & in my palms.”

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Neymar shows off new hairstyle

Neymar is known for his hairstyle changes over the years, many of which have caught the eye of his fans.

The Brazilian star has now gone for a new look as he recovers from surgery, Sports Brief has also reported.

The Al-Hilal star ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee on international duty.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.