Neymar turned 27 on Tuesday, and there was no stopping the Brazilian star from partying despite his metatarsal injury giving him sleepless nights. The Paris Saint-Germain star, who has been ruled out for 10 weeks, partied with Dani Alves, Kylian Mbappe despite being on crutches. Dressed in red, Neymar left no stone unturned in welcoming the new year. The party went beyond that as the Internet decided to join in. Here's how fans are going bonkers on the Internet. FYI, Neymar shares his birthday with another football sensation, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Happy birthday to my favs... Ronaldo x Neymar. pic.twitter.com/8MdloyLn77— 4+4 (@Nlanla26) February 5, 2019
Neymar Jr at his birthday party with Dani Alves and Kylian Mbappé pic.twitter.com/8X09ASbwfm— Brazil Football (@BrazilEdition2) February 5, 2019
Happy birthday!!!— VINICIUS JR FANS (@Viniciusjrfans) February 4, 2019
Cristiano Ronaldo-34 age pic.twitter.com/o7u4Dm2nOG
Neymar will not undergo an operation, with PSG saying the Brazilian had instead agreed on "a conservative treatment" that could see him return in time for the Champions League quarter-finals in April should they qualify.
"After detailed analysis by specialists, a consensus was reached of a conservative treatment of Neymar's injury to the fifth right metatarsal," the French champions said. "Informed of this recommendation, Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian international striker agreed with this protocol. As a result, Neymar is expected to return to the field within 10 weeks."
Neymar suffered the injury in PSG's 2-0 French Cup win against Strasbourg last week, and his coach Thomas Tuchel had already all but ruled the 222 million-euro ($264m) forward out of the first leg against United at Old Trafford on February 12. The second leg of that tie is scheduled for March 6, and the timeline announced by the club means he could just make it back in time for a quarter-final first leg, due to be played on April 9 and 10. The second legs are set for the following week.
(With AFP inputs)