Neymar ditches PSG’s title celebrations to enjoy Monaco GP

Neymar was seen alongside A-list star Tom Holland in the principality after skipping PSG’s title celebrations on Saturday.

PSG footballer Neymar appeared at the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday a day after he was noticeably absent from his team’s title celebrations following a draw with Strasbourg.

PSG lifted the Ligue 1 title for the second year in a row and the 11th time in their history, securing the latest trophy by just four points over rivals Lens.

While Neymar is one of the most well-known footballers in the world, he wasn’t included in the squad on Saturday, skipping the event all together to make the trip to Monte Carlo.

Appearing in the pitlane, the footballer posed alongside Hollywood star Tom Holland and the Red Bull team, as well as meeting fellow celebrities Orlando Bloom and Michael Douglas.

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Given his link to Red Bull, Neymar almost certainly enjoyed the weekend, as Max Verstappen converted his pole position into victory, holding Fernando Alonso in P2 and Esteban Ocon in P3.

Verstappen’s success handed him 25 points, extending his lead over teammate Sergio Perez, who finished outside the top ten following a disappointing qualifying session.

The Dutchman’s victory ensured Red Bull continued their 100% win record this season despite having initially feared they would struggle to deliver due to the unique nature of the Monaco circuit.

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With Alonso also impressing in Monaco, the Spaniard closed in on P2 of the Drivers’ Standings, closing the gap to Perez, with just 12 points separating them after seven rounds of the 2023 season.

Perez began the race in P20, struggling to make progress through the tight streets of Monaco, finishing  2 laps behind Verstappen in P16, only beating Nico Hulkenberg, Logan Sargeant, Kevin Magnussen and Lance Stroll.

Magnussen and Stroll might have managed to finish ahead of Perez had they both not suffered DNFs, ending their race early.