Brazilian whizz-kid, Neymar, has incurred the wrath of Christians across the globe with his heretic crucifix photograph on the cover of a sport magazine.
In fact, the
Brazilian National Bishops Confederation (CNBB) in particular has criticised the
Brazilian sports magazine for publishing Neymar being
crucified in the same way as Jesus Christ.
Placar, which has
become one of the most successful sports publications in Brazil, were
using the picture as a metaphor to highlight the criticism the Santos
star had been coming under for supposedly diving too often.
Placar cover, which reads “the Brazilian ace turns scapegoat in a sport
where everyone plays dirty”, was inspired by a 1970s issue of Spanish
magazine Don Balon, which depicted Johan Cruyff in almost exactly the
In a letter, signed by CNBB president Cardinal Raymundo
Damasceno Assis and general secretary Dom Leonardo Ulrich Steiner, the
publication has been criticised for “showing disdain towards people’s
A statement read: “The Brazilian National Bishops
Confederation states that it feels severely outraged with the [photo]
montage that is the cover of a sports magazine, where the image of Jesus
Christ is seen with the face of a football player.
acknowledge freedom of speech as a fundamental principle of our state
and [see it as necessary for] democratic co-existence, however, there
are known limits for such.
“To ridiculise faith and show disdain
towards peoples’ religious feelings by using the disrespectful use of
the image of Jesus suggests manipulation and use of editorial resources
as a means for commercial ends.
“This is a clear lack of respect
that offends the most sacred image for Christians and updates, in a
hazardous manner, the well-known resource of gaining attention by
An online petition has now been launched against
Placar’s use of the image of Neymar as Jesus Christ, which has gained
over 7,000 signatures since its manifestation.