The world's most expensive footballer has been named as a goodwill ambassador for a global disability organisation, working to ensure equality for over one billion disabled people - the world's largest minority group.

Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil forward, Neymar, has been appointed by Handicap International (HI) to use his profile to raise awareness around access and inclusion.

To announce the collaboration, Neymar kicked a football into the crowds from the top of the 'Broken Chair' monument in Geneva, symbolising opposition to land mines and clutter bombs.

HI was founded in 1982 initially to assist disabled refugees in Cambodia, and later co-founded the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) in 1992.

Speaking about his role with HI, Neymar said, "I would like to begin by thanking you all for what you do for the least visible in the world, so they become more visible".

Neymar added, "Millions want their rights, they want to be treated better. That's what we are here for and that is what our aim is".

HI Managing Director Manuel Patrouillard said, "What people may not realise is that beyond this exceptional sportsman, there is of course a conscience and a voice. A voice which Neymar Jr. decided to put to the service of others".

Neymar's appointment is sure to raise awareness around the importance of wider access and inclusion, and the unique power of football to improve the lives of many disabled people.

A version of this article is available in Russian.

Published 22/08/2017