Neymar, fully Neymar da Silva Santos, Jr. was born on February 5, 1992 in Mogi das Cruz, Brazil. He is a Brazilian football (soccer) player who was one of the most prolific players in his country’s storied football history.
Like many others in Brazil, Neymar started out as a street footballer but his father, who used to be a professional footballer, helped him take the sport seriously so that he could become a professional. Neymar joined the youth ranks at FC Santos when he was only eleven years old and was actually accepted into the youth program at Spanish club Real Madrid but decided to stay in Brazil after being offered a higher salary.
While at Santos, Neymar scored one spectacular goal after another and his skills became the talk of the football world. As a result, the world’s biggest clubs battled each other to sign him. In 2013, he signed for Barcelona and immediately impressed before winning the treble with the Catalan club in 2015. In his short career, Neymar has become the attacking focal point of the Brazilian national team and helped them reach the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Neymar is undoubtedly one of the leading footballers in the world and is poised to become one of the greatest footballers of his generation.
With 50 goals in 74 appearances for Brazil since making his debut at the age of 18, Neymar is the fourth highest goalscorer for his national team. He was a key player in Brazil’s victory at the 2011 South American Youth Championship, where he finished as top scorer, and the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, where he won the Golden Ball as player of the tournament.
His participation at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2015 Copa America was cut short by injury and suspension respectively, but the following year he won Brazil’s first Olympic gold medal in men’s football at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Known for his dribbling, finishing and ability with both feet, Neymar has drawn comparisons to former Brazil and Santos forward Pele. Off the pitch, he is considered one of the world’s greatest players; SportsPro named him the most marketable athlete in the world in 2012 and 2013, and ESPN cited him as the fourth most famous athlete in the world in 2016.
Childhood and educational life
Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. was born on February 5, 1992 in Mogi das Cruz, Sao Paulo, Brazil. His father Neymar Santos Sr. was a professional footballer and was his coach. His mother’s name is Nadine Da Silva.
During his childhood, Neymar was a well-known player of street football as well as futsal and this helped him develop his fancy dribbling skills. In 2003, Neymar began representing the youth team of the Portugesa Santista team and moved to the city of São Vicente.
Neymar joined the famous Brazilian club FC Santos in 2003 when he was only 11 years old and since then he has gone from strength to strength as a player. Neymar signed his first senior contract with FC Santos at the age of 17.
Little is known about Neymar’s private life but he had a child (son) with a woman named Carolina Dantas in 2011. According to reports, he was not in a relationship with her. The boy’s name is David Luca and he lives with Neymar.
Neymar is a Christian. Neymar has said of his faith, “Life only has meaning when serving Christ is our highest ideal!” Neymar tithes (10%) of his earnings to his church and names his uncle as his religious role model. Every year, Neymar organizes a charity match with fellow Brazilian footballer Nene in Jundia, Nene’s hometown, with the aim of collecting food for families in need.
Neymar has signed many sponsorship deals since the age of 17 as his reputation has grown exponentially. In March 2011, he signed an 11-year contract with American sportswear company Nike. That same month, Panasonic paid US$2.4 million to secure Neymar’s services for two years.
On 8 May 2013, SportsPro magazine rated Neymar as the most marketable athlete in the world, behind Lionel Messi (2nd) and Cristiano Ronaldo (8th). In November 2012 advertising agency Loducca created Neymar’s own personal brand logo, featuring N, J and R (Neymar Junior) with the N styled to match Neymar’s shirt number 11. Neymar starred in a 2014 commercial for Beats alongside other global football stars. Thierry Henry and Luis Suarez, with the theme ‘The Game Before the Game’ and the players’ pre-game ritual of listening to music.
Neymar joined Santos FC’s youth system at the age of 11. News of his potential spread across Europe and he was offered the chance to continue his development with Real Madrid CF at the age of 14, but Santos management convinced Neymar to stay. Big bonus.
In 2009, Neymar made his senior team debut for Santos FC and over the next four years he became a prolific goalscorer for his team as he helped them win the Copa Libertadores.
He scored a total of 54 goals in 103 appearances for the club and was favored by Europe’s biggest clubs throughout his time at the club. In fact, he was accepted by the Real Madrid academy at the age of 14 but stayed with FC Santos after the club offered him a good salary.
After being controversially overlooked by Brazil football team manager Dunga for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Neymar made his international debut in a friendly later that year. The following year he netted twice for Brazil in an unsuccessful Copa America campaign and a year later he scored three goals to win a silver medal for Brazil at the Olympics.
In 2010, Santos rejected a £12 million bid for him from English Premier League side West Ham United and later reported an offer from another English club, Chelsea, to be in the region of £20 million. Despite Santos’ unwillingness to sell and Neymar himself insisting that “I’m only focused on Santos”, his agent, Wagner Ribeiro, indicated that Neymar’s career was elsewhere, “He wants to be the best player in the world.
On November 30, 2010, Santos sold a 5% share of the future transfer fees it would receive to an investment group, Terceira Estrela Investimentos SA (TEISA), for R$ 3,549,900 (€1.5 million). Last year, his family sold a 40% stake in Neymar’s sports rights to DIS Esport Group, a long-term strategic partner of Santos’ football club.
On 26 July 2010, Neymar was selected for the first time by new head coach Mano Menezes to the Brazil senior squad for a friendly match against the United States to be played in East Rutherford, New Jersey. He made his debut with the national team on 10 August 2010, at the age of 18, starting the match and wearing the number 11 jersey.
He scored on his debut after 28 minutes, a header from Andre Santos’ cross to give Brazil a 2–0 win. On 1 March 2011, Neymar said: “It’s a privilege to be in the Brazil team, there are some amazing players and I’m very happy to be among them.” On 27 March 2011, he scored twice in a 2–0 win against Scotland at the Emirates Stadium.
In 2011, the dazzling forward was voted FIFA Goal of the Year and led Santos to their first Copa Libertadores championship in 48 years. However, he began to experience the backlash that comes with fame. Neymar was criticized for his play during Brazil’s quarter-final defeat at the 2011 Copa America tournament and was criticized in the media for fathering a child out of wedlock.
In September 2011, Real Madrid threatened to file a complaint with FIFA following reports that Santos club president Luis Ribeiro had attempted to sign Neymar to a pre-contract agreement, denying that such an agreement existed. On 9 November 2011, Neymar and Santos agreed to a contract extension that would see the player stay with the club until the end of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The deal increased Neymar’s wages by 50%, which top European clubs would pay him.
At the 2011 South American Youth Championship, Neymar led the scoring with nine goals, including two goals in Brazil’s 6–0 final win against Uruguay. He also participated in the 2011 Copa America in Argentina, where he scored two goals in the first round match against Ecuador.
He was named man of the match in Brazil’s first match against Venezuela, which drew 1–1. Brazil exited in the quarter-finals against Paraguay (2-2 aet) in a penalty shootout, with Neymar substituted in the 80th minute.
Neymar scored his 100th professional goal on his 20th birthday in 2012 and finished the year with a career-best 43 points. Although Santos won a third straight league title, the young star again came under fire after Brazil missed out on the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. -Medal game for the underdog Mexico team.
Neymar was being courted by the biggest clubs in the world after a tough stint at Santos FC and between Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona; Neymar signed for Barcelona in 2013 for a transfer fee of $76 million. In the same year; Neymar scored 4 goals in the Confederations Cup as Brazil defeated Spain in the final to win the tournament.
In January 2014, the prosecutor’s office in Madrid began investigating the transfer fee Barcelona paid for Neymar. Documents submitted to authorities as requested contained conflicting information.
On January 23, 2014, Rozelle resigned as president. A day later, details of the transfer from Barcelona were revealed; The transfer cost him €86.2 million (£71.5 million), with Neymar’s parents confirming they received €40 million. Subsequently, Barcelona and Bartomeu were charged with tax fraud.
Neymar’s performance at the 2014 World Cup shone on his home turf in Brazil, but he faltered before the final. On 4 July 2014, minutes before Brazil’s quarter-final win against Colombia, Neymar was taken from the field on a stretcher in tears after breaking his back bone following a challenge from Colombia defender Juan Zúñiga. With their star player on the sidelines, Brazil’s World Cup title hopes were dashed in a 7-1 loss to Germany in the semi-finals.
On 14 October 2014, Neymar scored four goals in one match for the first time in his international career, scoring all of Brazil’s goals in a 4–0 friendly win over Japan at the National Stadium in Singapore. At just 22 years of age, Neymar had scored 40 goals in 58 international appearances, becoming the fifth highest goalscorer for his national team. On 26 March 2015, Neymar scored Brazil’s second goal in a 3–1 friendly win over France in Paris.
On 14 June 2015, in Brazil’s opening Copa America match, Neymar scored the equalizer and assisted Douglas Costa’s stoppage-time winner as Brazil beat Peru 2–1 in Temuco. After Brazil’s second match, a 0–1 loss to Colombia in Santiago, Neymar was booked for handball, resulting in a suspension.
After the final whistle, he was shown a red card for deliberately kicking the ball at Pablo Armero, resulting in him being pushed by Colombia striker Carlos Bacca, who was also sent off. CONMEBOL handed Neymar a four-match ban, ruling him out for the rest of the tournament in addition to a $10,000 fine.
Neymar plays primarily as a central striker, second striker, winger or occasionally as an attacking midfielder and has been described as “a true phenomenon”. He often plays as a left-sided forward for both club and country due to his powerful pace and playmaking skills, drifting infield in the team’s 4–3–3 formation; This position allows him to shoot with his strong foot or create opportunities for teammates.
Neymar’s dribbling skills, tricks and playmaking ability are reminiscent of compatriot Ronaldinho. His creativity, passing, finishing, dribbling, feints and technique are his common characteristics, described as both “electric” and “explosive”. Although naturally right-footed, he is capable of scoring with both feet as well as with his head and is an accurate free-kick and penalty taker.
He commented on his attributes: “I’m always trying to perfect everything – dribbling, shooting, heading and control. You can always improve.” Neymar said he was inspired by Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Wayne Rooney.