Neymar has reportedly hired UFC fighter Nordine Taleb as a personal bodyguard following his world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Having become the world’s most expensive ever player – and dwarfing his nearest rivals’ price tags in the process – the Brazilian is keen to protect the £198million goods with some extra muscle.
Taleb, known to MMA and UFC fans, is a welterweight contender who last fought in May, beating Olivier Enkamp in his rival’s home country of Sweden.
The 36-year-old Frenchman has six knockouts and seven decision victories, losing just four times.
Neymar made his debut for PSG at the weekend, marking the occasion with a goal and an assist to be named man of the match in a 3-0 win over Guingamp.
Off the field, however, Neymar has kept a low profile. The Brazilian has been pictured with the six-foot-one-inch fighter during his time off.
Neymar is next in action on Sunday as he makes his home debut for PSG when Toulouse come to the capital.