Absolutely everybody wanted to be at Neymar’s 28th birthday party on Sunday night. Well, maybe not everybody….
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The dress theme of the party was “all white,” with Neymar rocking up to the Yoyo club at the Palais de Tokyo looking the business in a sharp jacket and hat ensemble.
Unflinching fashion victim Verratti braved the drizzle in a fetching pair of suede booties.
Lyon winger Memphis Depay also showed his mettle by making his way through the bustling Parisian night while wearing sunglasses.
Cavani took great care not to get his meticulously tousled hair wet.
Di Maria’s dapper outfit was a little more floral.
However, despite the impressive guest list, there were a few notable absentees — including one Kylian Mbappe.
Indeed, Mbappe was instead over at Disneyland Paris where he was helping former PSG cohort Blaise Matuidi raise money for his “Tremplins” charitable foundation.
— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) February 2, 2020
It all kind of puts Toe Poke’s decidedly sparse social calendar to shame, but hey ho.
Joaquin makes a senior citizen’s lifetime
Joaquin further cemented his status as a bona fide Real Betis legend this week when he kept a promise he’d made to a venerable fan.
The 38-year-old winger had previously sworn to give his shirt to an elderly lady who had held aloft a sign during a Betis match.
— Real Betis Balompié (@RealBetis_en) February 3, 2020
Sure enough, Joaquin was finally able to hold up his end of the bargain at the weekend, handing over his jersey to his 80-year-old admirer up in the stands after being substituted during Betis’ 1-1 draw against Eibar.
Lovely stuff, and entirely in-keeping with Joaquin’s admirable attitude toward his faithful fans.
Goalkeeper scores classic own goal
Argentinian side Defensa y Justicia got off to a truly rotten start when they travelled to face Atletico Tucuman at the Estadio Jose Fierro on Saturday.
Indeed, the away side conspired to put themselves behind after just seven minutes when goalkeeper Ezequiel Unsain attempted to calmly play his way out of a high press.
Goalkeepers have to be good with their feet these days pic.twitter.com/BDrpmOBg14
— Rupert Fryer (@Rupert_Fryer) February 2, 2020
Unfortunately, Unsain’s misguided attempt to play his way out of trouble almost immediately resulted in a ludicrous (and entirely preventable) own goal.
Thankfully, Defensa did eventually manage to secure a point — and spare their keeper’s blushes — with an equaliser in the 83rd minute.