Neymar Biography and Profile, Brazilian Footballer

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Neymar Early Life

Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. (Neymar Jr. or simply Neymar) was born February 5, 1992, in Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo, Brazil. Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior son of a former professional footballer, Neymar followed in his father’s footsteps by playing street games and futsal, an indoor version of the game. He is widely considered as one of the best players in the world. Neymar joined the youth system of Santos FC at age 11. News of his abilities spread to Europe, and he was offered the chance to continue his development with Real Madrid C.F. at age 14, but the Santos team’s management reportedly convinced Neymar to stay put with a large bonus.

Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. made his senior debut for Santos in 2009 and lived up to the hype by earning the league’s Best Young Player award. He emerged as a full-blown star in 2010, helping Santos claim the league and Copa do Brasil championships en route to the first of three straight scoring titles and four straight Player of the Year awards. That season he also made his debut for the senior national team and debuted a Mohawk-style haircut, which quickly became popular among younger fans.

Neymar Profile and Biography

Born in Mogi das Cruzes, a suburb of Sao Paulo, on 5 February 1992. Started his career at Santos after signing a professional contract in January 2009. Neymar emerged as a star for Santos FC as a teenager, winning four straight Player of the Year awards while becoming one of Brazil’s most popular public figures. Neymar became the first Brazilian athlete to grace the cover of Time with his appearance on the March 4, 2013 issue.

Remains Santos’ leading goalscorer in the post-Pele era with 138 goals in 229 matches. Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United were all linked before he eventually signed for Barcelona in June 2013 at the age of 21. He made his Barca debut against Levante in August 2013 and went on to score 105 goals and provide 80 assists in 186 games for the Catalan club. He won two La Liga titles and one Champions League. Made his international debut aged 18 and he has scored 52 goals in 77 games for Brazil.

Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. made the leap to Europe to join FC Barcelona for the start of the 2013-14 season, and became a fixture for a club that claimed numerous domestic and international titles. After leading the Brazilian men to their first Olympic gold medal in 2016, the star forward transferred to France’s Paris Saint-Germain the following year.

Neymar’s Controversies

Already known for his theatrics on the pitch, Neymar came under fire for his behavior during his second season with PSG. He criticized the officials following a Champions League loss to Manchester United in March, drawing a three-game suspension for upcoming Champions League play. The following month, after another loss, Neymar got into an altercation with a fan who was insulting the PSG players. In late May, as Neymar was in Brazil preparing for the Copa America, a woman accused the soccer star of raping her in a Paris hotel room. Proclaiming his innocence, Neymar released a series of private messages and intimate photos between them to demonstrate that their relations were consensual.

The last time Neymar was signed

When Neymar joined Barcelona in June 2013, the club said they paid a total of £48.6m. But after Barca refused to offer more details, an investigation was started by the Spanish prosecutor into whether the club had defrauded the treasury of unpaid tax. The president Sandro Rosell, who personally oversaw the pursuit of Neymar, eventually resigned – though he said it was for personal reasons – and his successor, Josep Maria Bartomeu, revealed the true cost of the deal was actually £71.5m.

Neymar’s father got £33m fee, plus £2m in “agent fees”. Santos got £14m, plus £6m by giving Barca an option on future Santos players. The player got an £8m signing-on fee, plus £9m a year in wages over five years. Neymar’s charitable foundation in Brazil also received £2m.

What People Said About NeymarMaths

Jose Mourinho: “Expensive are the ones who get into a certain level without a certain quality. For £200m, I don’t think [Neymar] is expensive.

“I think he’s expensive in the fact that now you are going to have more players at £100m, you are going have more players at £80m and more players at £60m. And I think that’s the problem.

“So I think the problem is not Neymar, I think the problem is the consequences of Neymar.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: “I thought Fair Play was made so that situations like that can’t happen. That’s more of a suggestion than a real rule.”

Lille director general Marc Ingla, a former Barcelona vice president: “It’s a blow for Barcelona. Neymar is an accelerator to this bright future of Ligue 1. The young talent pool we have here is the best in Europe. For sure we can still compete with PSG. Once you get on the pitch it’s 11 v 11 and all the transfer fees and salaries narrow a bit.”

Barcelona’s Arda Turan: “It was a great pleasure to have lived all those unforgettable moments with you my brother. Wish you the best. Always…”

From Santos FC to FC Barcelona

In May 2013, Neymar announced he was making the leap to Europe with a transfer to FC Barcelona, a powerful club that featured superstar Argentine striker Lionel Messi and several members of the Spanish national team. Soon afterward, the wunderkind silenced a share of his critics by leading Brazil to victory in the 2013 Confederations Cup, indicating his readiness to shoulder bigger expectations on the world stage.

2014 World Cup Injury

Neymar’s performance shined in the 2014 World Cup on his home turf of Brazil, but was cut short before the finals. On July 4, 2014, minutes before Brazil won its quarterfinal match against Colombia, Neymar was carried from the field in a stretcher in tears of agony after breaking a bone in his back resulting from a challenge by Colombia’s defender Juan Zuniga. With their star player sidelined, Brazil’s hope for the World Cup title was dashed when they lost their semifinal match to Germany, 7-1.

Overseas Success in Spain

Neymar lived up to his billing with Barcelona, giving the loaded Spanish club yet another gifted all-around talent. He scored an amazing 39 goals during the 2014-15 season, helping the club achieve the coveted treble by claiming league, domestic cup and European Cup titles. The following year, one week after Barcelona became La Liga champs, he scored in extra time to propel the club to another Copa Del Rey title.

2016 Olympics and 2018 World Cup

For all his individual brilliance, Neymar still faced the question of whether he could lift his teammates to glory on the international stage. He was suspended during the 2015 Copa America, effectively squashing Brazil’s chances of making an extended run. The following year, he sat out the tournament to stay rested and healthy for the 2016 Rio Olympics, a move that worked wonders: The star player delivered several key goals to propel his team forward, before knocking home the winning penalty kick to give Brazil its first men’s soccer gold medal. The Brazilians again faced high expectations heading into the 2018 World Cup, but Neymar’s return from a broken foot ultimately wasn’t enough, as a tight quarterfinal match against Belgium ended with a 2-1 loss.

Neymar Awards and Trophies

  • 2011: Bola de Ouro
  • 2011: World Soccer Young Player of the Year
  • 2012 FIFA Puskás Award
  • 2015: UEFA Champions League Top Goalscorer
  • 2018, 2017, 2015: Nickelodeon Brazil Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Athlete
  • 2017: Samba Gold
  • 2017: FIFA FIFPro World XI
  • 2018: Ligue 1 Player of the Year

Neymar Quick Facts

  • By the age of 10, Neymar da Silva Santos Jr was already considered a rising star of the football world.
  • Inspired by his father, Neymar become a national hero and also one of the so-called ‘MSN’ (Messi, Suárez and Neymar) trio at Barcelona responsible for terrorising La Liga defences on their way to back-to-back La Liga and Copa del Rey doubles in 2014-15 and 2015-16.
  • Scoring within 28 minutes on his debut match for the national team in 2010 also did much to cement his place among the greats.
  • Neymar started his career with the São Paulo-based club Santos in 2003 and was promoted to the first team aged 17. His debut match was in March 2009 against Oeste, and the following week he scored his first goal with the team against Mogi Mirim.
  • Already compared to legends Robinho and Pelé at the age of 21, it was only a matter of time before the giants of Europe came calling, and Neymar simply couldn’t refuse FC Barcelona’s offer in 2013.
  • By the end of the 2015-16 season, his record already boasted 55 goals in 93 appearances for Barça, and in April 2017 he reached 100 goals for the club in 177 appearances.
  • At the beginning of August 2017, PSG smashed the world transfer fee record to sign him from Barcelona and open a new chapter of his fantasic career to date.
  • Paris St-Germain signed Brazil forward Neymar for a world record fee of 222m euros (£200m) from Barcelona. The deal for the 25-year-old smashes the previous record set when Paul Pogba returned to Manchester United from Juventus for £89m in August 2016. He earned 45m euros (£40.7m) a year – 865,000 euros (£782,000) a week – before tax from the initial five-year deal, a total outlay of £400m.
  • PSG reached the last eight of the Champions League last season – knocked out by a Neymar-inspired Barcelona – and were beaten to the French title by Monaco.
  • After weeks of speculation, Neymar arrived for training with Barcelona on Wednesday with his father and representative, and told the Spanish club he wanted to leave. He was then given permission by Barca manager Ernesto Valverde to leave to “sort out his future”.
  • Since joining Barca in 2013, Neymar scored 68 goals in four full seasons – behind Cristiano Ronaldo (139), Messi (134), Luis Suarez (85), Antoine Griezmann (76) and Athletic Bilbao’s Aritz Aduriz (70).
  • In that same period, he had the fifth most direct assists with 38 – again behind Messi (54), Atletico Madrid’s Koke (45), Suarez (43) and Ronaldo (42).
  • In chances created in that time (287), he was second only to team-mate Messi (326).
  • He had the highest number of chances created last season (91) – more than any other PSG player (Angel di Maria had 78).
  • Edinson Cavani scored almost three times as many league goals (35) than Neymar (13) last season.

Neymar Son

Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. and former girlfriend Carolina Dantas had a son in August 2011 whom they named David Lucca.

Neymar Biography and Profile

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