Neymar’s private jet had to make an emergency landing Tuesday morning at an airport in the city of Boa Vista, in northern Brazil.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker was on board the plane, a Cessna 680 Citation model built in 2008 and owned by Neymar Sport E Marketing, which was flying to Brazil’s capital Sao Paulo from Las Vegas.
Neymar had left Las Vegas on Monday afternoon and the plane had made a few stops, first in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, then in Barbados, before heading to Brazil.
The emergency landing was due to technical issues and everyone on board escaped unscathed.
Later on Tuesday, Neymar’s agency issued a statement which read: “Due to a small problem in the windshield wiper of the NR Sports plane, in which the athlete Neymar Jr., his sister Rafaella Santos and Bruna Biancardi, the pilot has decided, as a precautionary measure, to make an early landing this Tuesday (21) in Boa Vista, Roraima, so that the problem can be resolved.
“We would like to say that all passengers are well and waiting to continue the journey.”
The Brazil international was vacationing in the United States with his girlfriend, Bruno Biancardi, and sister Rafaella Santos, until Monday when he posted an aerial photograph to Instagram Stories showing him flying over Miami Beach.
The plane, whose market value is estimated at 17 million euros, will undergo repairs before flying to Sao Paulo.
Despite the fear, Neymar posed for photos with airport staff.