Brazilian footballer Neymar has been presented with a custom Scott Foil Disc in Paris, complete with personalised quotes and his team's national colours on the frame.
The forward hit 19 goals for Paris St-Germain before breaking his right metatarsal in February in a game against Marseille, and in a race to be fit for the World Cup in Russia next month, he's reportedly been riding for at least an hour a day in rehab. The special edition Foil Disc was presented to Neymar by Mitchelton-SCOTT mechanic David Fernandez in Paris, with the team's logo and plenty of personal touches for Neymar himself.
The Neymar Jr logo as used on the Neymar signature Nike Mercurial Vapor football boots appears on the front of the bike's top tube and seat tube, while his 'Family' tattoo has been added to the back of the top tube and the down tube.
The bike comes with a full Dura-Ace 9150 mechanical groupset, Syncros Aero Wheels, Syncros RR1.0 saddle and custom Continental Gran Prix 4000 tyres with gold logos. The highest spec off-the-shelf Scott Foil Premium Disc available to the public comes with Zipp 303 wheels and the Di2 electronic version of the Dura-Ace groupset for a whopping £10,999, but otherwise it's the same spec.
In other instances of sportsmen blagging free bikes, Lionel Messi was presented with a Team Sky Pinarello back in 2015, and UFC fighter Conor McGregor rides a custom FiftyOne frame complete with 24-carat gold leaf details.
According to Scott, Neymar said "he was aware of the success of Simon Yates and Esteban Chaves at the Giro d’Italia and happily posed with the team jersey of Mitchelton-SCOTT to wish them the best of luck for the rest of the race". We're in no doubt he'll be absolutely glued to the Giro from now all the way to Rome on the 27th...
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.