|Full Name:||Neymar da Silva Santos Junior|
|Nicknames:||Juninho, Joia, Lord of the Night|
|Date of Birth:||February 5, 1992 (age 29 years)|
|Place of Birth:||Mogi das Cruzes, Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Height:||5 feet 9 inches|
|Weight:||150 Ibs (68 kg)|
|Parents:||Neymar Santos Sr. (father), Nadine da Silva (mother)|
|Children:||Davi Lucca da Silva Santos (son)|
Neymar, a Brazilian footballer, is a player of the Brazil squad. He is widely known as one of the most prominent footballers in the world. Like many Brazilian football players, Neymar started as a street player.
His father, a former professional football player, encouraged him to take the game seriously and become a professional. Neymar was just 11 years old when he joined the youth ranks of ‘FC Santos. He was accepted into the youth club of the Spanish club Real Madrid, but he chose to return to Brazil because he was offered a better salary.
Neymar’s impressive goals at ‘Santos’ made him the talk of the town. The world’s biggest clubs competed to sign him. He signed with Barcelona in 2013 and quickly made an impact, winning the 2015 treble for the Catalan team.
His career saw him become a well-known player for Brazil’s national team, helping them reach the semi-final of 2014’s ‘World Cup’ in Brazil. Neymar is undoubtedly one of the most prominent footballers globally and is poised to be one of the best footballers of his generation.
Childhood and Early Life
Neymar da Silva Junior was born in Mogi das Cruzes, Sao Paulo, Brazil, on 5 February 1992. His father, Neymar Santos Junior, was a professional footballer who used to be his coach. His mother is Nadine da Silva.
Neymar was a street and futsal player in his youth. He and his friends played futsal and street football together, which helped him improve his football skills. He joined the youth ranks of the “Portuguesa Santista” team in 2003 and moved to Sao Vicente.
Neymar, then only 11, joined the famed Brazilian club ‘FC Santos in 2003. He went on to become a top-ranked player after joining ‘FC Santos’. At the age of 17, he signed his first senior contract for ‘FC Santos.
Neymar made his senior debut in 2009 for ‘Santos FC’. He also helped the team win the ‘Libertadores Cup.’ The top clubs in Europe were always contacting him during his time at the club. He was accepted at 14 by Real Madrid, but he returned to FC Santos after being offered a better salary.
After being overlooked by Dunga, the Brazilian football team manager, Neymar made his international debut later that year in a friendly match. He scored twice for Brazil in a failed ‘Copa America campaign the following year. He won a silver medal for Brazil in the ‘Olympics” a year later.
While Neymar was playing for Santos FC, he was being approached by some of the most influential clubs in the world. In 2013, Neymar signed for Barcelona for a transfer fee equivalent to $96.5 million or 86.2 million euros. In the same year, Neymar scored four goals at the ‘Confederations Cup.’ Brazil won the tournament beating Spain in the final.
Neymar began playing for Barcelona’ in 2013. He scored 39 goals in all competitions, and the club won the UEFA Champions League and ‘Champions League treble.
Brazil’s star player, Neymar, was the mainstay of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The team entered the tournament looking for Brazil’s sixth title. Neymar scored four goals in the game but was hurt in the quarterfinal match with Columbia. He was unable to play in the semi-final match against Germany as a result. Brazil lost the semi-final match against Germany and was thus eliminated from the ‘World Cup.
Due to health reasons, he could not compete in the UEFA Super Cup during the 2015-16 season. He was, however, shortlisted for 2015 ‘FIFA Ballon d’Or,’ where he placed third. His team won the domestic double by winning the Copa del Rey finals against Sevilla. He was also elected captain of his team in ‘Copa America’ but was removed from the match.
Neymar was the star player of his club in the 2016-17 season. He scored winning goals for his team at the UEFA Champions League round of 16. On 2 April 2017, he also scored his 100th goal in ‘Barcelona. His club won the ‘Copa del Rey final that year. He was also named captain of Brazil’s national team for the upcoming ‘Summer Olympics. He won the match against Germany and brought its first gold medal in men’s football at the ‘Olympics.’
Neymar made his debut for the ‘Paris Saint-Germain’ club in the 2017-18 season. He scored a goal against Guingamp in his first match, but he still achieved 28 goals in 30 matches.
He was still healing from an injury that caused him to miss the 2018-19 season. He was unable to play in many matches at the Champions League and also lost against Rennes in the finals of the Cupe de France. after falling to Belgium in the quarterfinals, the Brazilian national team was also eliminated from the 2018 World Cup After sustaining an ankle injury in a friendly match against Qatar, he was disqualified from the 2019 ‘Copa America tournament.
Recognitions & Awards
2011 saw Neymar win the World Soccer Young Player Award. He also won the FIFA Puskas Award for scoring the best goal in the same year.
He was awarded the ‘Golden Ball for his performance in the 2013 FIFA Federations Cup. He was awarded “La Liga Best World Player” at the end of the 2014-15 season.
Since he was a teenager playing for ‘Santos in Brazil, Neymar has been a gifted player. His greatest accomplishment as a footballer was his total of 39 goals in the 2014-15 season. At the end of it, his club’ Barcelona won the treble. He was also the joint top scorer in the ‘Champions League,’ scoring ten goals.
Legacy & Personal Life
Although very little is known about Neymar, it is believed that he had a child (a boy!) with Carolina Dantas in 2011. According to reports, he wasn’t in a relationship with her. His son’s name is Davi Lucca, and he lives in Neymar.