Most modern millennials wear their scores of tattoos with pride, illustrating their lives on the skin they walk in.
Neymar, the young and promising Brazilian forward, is no different. Boasting both a glittering international football career, and the obligatory sleeves that seem to go with it, Neymar is an impressively decorated man.
But a portrait tattoo of his sister, Rafaella, has people questioning over his taste in tattoos.
Neymar and his 20-year-old little sister, Rafaella Beckran – who reportedly changed her surname in homage to David Beckham – are closer than close.
When Neymar faced scrutiny after Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League in 2014, the shaken football star posted a sweet sentiment online, nailing his unconditional love for his sister to the mast.
The message, which sounded suspiciously like a crap Valentine’s Day card, read:
My heart is yours, my love is yours, my smile is yours, my day, my night, my longing, my best company.
They’ve even starred alongside one another in a television commercial for beats by Dre.
In honour of their relationship, Neymar decided to get a large portrait, covering his left bicep of his sister’s face, as she posed for a selfie no less.
The charismatic siblings posted a photograph of the artwork for their millions of followers to admire.
"Com o irmão você aprende amar as pessoas como elas são, porque são do jeito que são. Aprende a conviver com os seus defeitos e conhecer suas qualidades, com o irmão você aprende a ter compaixão, sentir dor pelo fracasso do outro e sentir felicidade pelas conquistas, como se fossem suas. Viver com um, dois, três ou dez irmãos não é nada fácil, porém nada se compara a tamanha alegria de saber que alguém que conhece seus problemas e suas dificuldades , que lhe entende e que está com você pra vencer cada uma delas. Meu amor por você é único ❤️
Things started to get a little strange when Rafaella, in response to Neymar’s indelible tribute, got a matching tattoo in honour of her big brother.
…But, this time, the fashionist and blogger zoomed in on a specific part of Neymar’s anatomy; the very windows to her brother’s soul. His eyes.
Getting the ink on the underside of her arm, Rafaella shared her experience with her fans.
While the artwork isn’t exactly what you’d call shoddy – and I imagine a big piece like this cost hundreds of dollars – the concept is undeniably a little bit weird.
The watery eyes of one of the world’s greatest footballers sit, pride of place, in his sister’s armpit.
Look at it this way… Neymar’s squinting stare is now forever going to shoot death glances at any potential suitor who encounters Rafaella.
I just hope the ink comically raises its brows every time she flexes her bicep.
Saying that, there is a charming tradition in tattooing to ink portrait of your nearest and dearest, keeping them close for essentially all eternity, and clearly Neymar loves his sister very much…
After all, blood is thicker than water, and what better way of demonstrating the importance of family than carving the image of your sibling into your skin?
A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.