Neymar was playing online poker halfway across the world when Paris St Germain were celebrating their Ligue 1 title triumph.
PSG regained French football’s domestic crown by thrashing closest rivals and reigning champions Monaco 7-1 in Paris on Sunday night.
PSG stars including Thiago Silva, Dani Alves and Kevin Trapp all posted images of their post-match celebrations on social media, but Neymar’s own post revealed he was back home in Sao Paolo.
Team-mate Marco Verratti is also sidelined through injury, but he was at Parc des Princes to share in the celebrations and Neymar’s absence will fuel speculation that he has not fully settled in Paris following his world record £200million move from Barcelona last summer.
Neymar is hoping to recover in time for this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia, but it remains to be seen if he will be fully fit for Brazil’s first group match against Switzerland on June 17.
PSG clinched the Ligue 1 title for the fifth time in six years after their thrashing of Monaco gave the Qatari-owned club an unassailable 17-point lead at the top of the table.