Brazilian footballer Neymar has been honoured with a three-metre (10 feet) high sculpture in Paris. The artwork of the Paris Saint-Germain star was erected on Wednesday and will remain in place until November 14 outside Avenue Georges V in the 8th arrondissement.
The work was commissioned by Brazilian artist Marcos Marin, and is part of an exhibition of 50 sculptures, of which 20 are completed by Marin. The sculpture was made for the World Cup in Russia in 2018. Marin's work also includes busts of David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and Pavarotti.
The sculpture has been put on display in the French capital despite a protracted transfer saga this summer as rumours swirled around Neymar’s future and a possible return to Barcelona. It has received a mixed reception.
"It's strange to install Neymar here on Avenue Georges V, while he wants to leave Paris," said Vic Dung, a citizen.