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Neymar’s face used to help sell ‘high quality’ cocaine

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Neymar has proved since joining Barcelona he is indisputably a top-quality footballer – but now the striker’s image is apparently being used in his home country to identify top-quality illegal drugs too.

A 27-year-old man was arrested while selling drugs on Thursday in Sao Vicente, in the state of Sao Paulo, and was caught with 31 capsules of cocaine, 43 rocks of crack and over 80 grams of marijuana, according to police.

However, what made this particular drugs bust memorable was that the cocaine capsules had the image of Brazil’s most famous footballer plastered on them.

The face of Neymar, who has 27 goals in 46 appearances for his country and joined Barcelona for a fee of £48.6 million this summer, was attached to the vials.

According to the alleged dealer, the image of Neymar was used to convince potential customers of the "quality of the drug".

You can read the original story here, written by Globo's Anna Gabriela Ribeiro, who took the photo above.

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