Neymar’s full name is Neymar da Silva Santos, Jr., he was born on February 5, 1992 in Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil. Neymar is one of the most goalscorers in Brazilian football history.
Neymar started playing football as a boy in São Vicente under the guidance of his father, a former professional footballer who has remained a close adviser throughout his career.
Neymar joined the Portuguesa Santista youth club in São Vicente, and in 2003, he moved with Santos to his family. There, he joined Santos FC’s academy and performed impressively. At the age of 14, he had successfully played with Real Madrid, Spain and Santos to increase the remuneration to keep him.
Neymar is an extremely confident player on the pitch with great body control, quick reflexes and explosive pace. While playing for Santos, he scored an average of one goal in every other match and helped the team win the Libertadores Cup in 2011 (the most prestigious tournament in South America). Many of Neymar’s personal titles with Santos were South American Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012.
In June 2013, Neymar signed a five-year contract with FC Barcelona for a transfer fee of 57 million euros (about $76 million), which is one of the most expensive football transfers in football history. Two years later, he helped Barcelona to win the most prestigious titles such as the La Liga championship, the Copa del Rey title and the European Football Union (UEFA) championship. Neymar was the main factor helping Barcelona succeed from 2013-2017, he scored a total of 105 goals in 186 matches with the club, he yearned to escape the shadow of his teammate Lionel Messi – one of the players. The greatest in football history.
Therefore, in August 2017, he moved to the French club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) for a record transfer fee of 222 million euros ($ 263 million). In addition to being the new face of PSG, Neymar also became the highest-paid player in the world with an annual salary of 45 million euros (53 million USD). Neymar played 30 matches in his first season with PSG, scoring 28 goals for the club before breaking his right leg.
Neymar was considered for the Brazilian national team for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but he was not eventually included in the squad. Instead, he made his national debut in August 2010 in a friendly against the United States, scoring his first international goal in the match, eventually winning 2-0 to Brazil. He scored 4 goals for Brazil in the 2013 Confederations Cup, including a goal in the team’s victory over Spain in the final, and winning the Golden Ball award and the Copper Boot.
Neymar was in Brazil’s official squad when his home country hosted the 2014 World Cup, scoring four goals in five matches before he was unable to continue playing after a spinal injury. Although he soon left the tournament, Neymar still won the bronze shoe.
At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, he led the Brazilian team to the first Olympic gold medal when excellently scoring a goal in extra time of the final against Germany.