Neymar Jr Profile
|Born||Feb 05, 1992|
|Birthplace||Mogi das Cruzes São Paulo, Brazil|
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, known as Neymar, plays for Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil and is a superstar of world soccer.
The Brazilian plays as a left-winger but is versatile enough to fulfil most attacking roles. Having come through the Santos FC ranks, Neymar has been compared to Pele and also Lionel Messi and he remains one of the game's unique talents.
The Brazilian is known for his dribbling, feints, touch, technique and shooting.
Career at Paris Saint-Germain
Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain in August 2017 from fellow super-club Barcelona for €222million, breaking the world record transfer fee in the process.
Neymar won the French treble in his debut season for PSG, forming a formidable trio with Edinson Cavani and teenage prodigy Kylian Mbappe. He scored on his debut in a 3-0 win over EA Guingamp on his way to 28 goals in 30 appearances that campaign.
In 2018/19 Neymar hit the ground running again, scoring PSG's opening goal of the new season in a 3-0 win over Caen.
Never too far from controversy, Neymar was banned for three matches in April 2019 for insulting match officials on social media after Manchester United beat PSG in the Champions League.
He was later caught on camera appearing to strike a fan after PSG lost to Rennes in the Coupe De France final. He still finished the season with 23 goals in 28 games, including 13 assists.
In 2019/20, Neymar bounced back from an early season disciplinary action, for missing the first day of training, by winning another treble with PSG. The Paris club reached their first Champions League final but Neymar's side were defeated 1-0 by Bayern Munich.
Neymar missed the first game of the 2020/21 season after testing positive for COVID-19. He became the fastest player to hit 50 PSG goals in Ligue 1 in his 58th match for the club.
After starring with Santos in Brazil, Barcelona secured the signature of Neymar in 2013 for €57million on a five-year deal.
Of the deal, Neymar said: "Money is OK but happiness takes priority. We decided to come to Barcelona. I had a lot of offers but I followed my heart."
The move was contentious, forcing Barca president Sandro Rosell to resign amid recriminations that went on for years over Neymar's true transfer fee.
Barca did their best to shield Neymar from the off-field problems. The club bedded him in slowly to life in Spain as Barcelona finished second to Atletico Madrid in his first season in La Liga.
Neymar was unleashed, however, in 2014/15 and struck up a lethal relationship with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. Barca won the treble of La Liga, the Copa Del Rey and the UEFA Champions League.
He scored in Barca's 3-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League final in June and finished the season with an incredible haul of 39 goals in 51 appearances.
The following season - 2015/16 - Neymar helped Barca to a La Liga-Copa Del Rey double as well as victory in the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan. Neymar scored Barca's extra-time winner against Sevilla in the Copa Del Rey final.
His connection known as 'MSN' with Messi and Suarez produced a record 131 goals for the trio. Neymar singlehandedly bagged 31.
The 2016/17 season proved a relatively quiet final year at Barca for Neymar with the Catalan giants finishing second in La Liga and picking up the Copa Del Rey and Supercopa de Espana.
In 2017, Neymar scored his 100th goal for Barca in just 177 games, reaching the landmark at a quicker rate than even Messi managed.
His performances drew the interest of Paris Saint-Germain and by August 2017 he was plying his trade in France.
Boy from Brazil
Neymar set the Brazilian soccer world alight in his ten-year spell with Santos, winning South American Footballer of the Year on two occasions.
He was the superstar that the latest generation of the Selecao needed and scored on his full Brazil debut, aged 18, against the USA in 2010.
A key player for Brazil at the 2012 London Olympics, Neymar scored some crucial goals as they reached the final against Mexico.
Neymar scored in the group stages against Belarus and in the quarter-finals in the win over Honduras. Brazil lost out 2-1 to Mexico in the final.
Neymar scored his first hat-trick for Brazil in an 8-0 friendly rout of China in September 2012.
In 2013, Brazil enjoyed a seamless preparation for the 2014 World Cup on home soil with victory in the Confederations Cup. He collected the Golden Ball for player of the tournament.
What should have been a wonderful World Cup 2014 in Brazil ended in agony for Neymar as he had to withdraw with a broken vertebrae in his back during the quarter-final win over Colombia.
It was a cruel end to a home World Cup for Neymar with Brazil getting hammered 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals. Neymar had scored four goals before getting injured.
There was some comfort back on home soil at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil.
The host side emerged victorious in the gold medal game with Neymar notching the opening goal in the 1-1 draw with Germany and also scoring the winning spot-kick in the subsequent penalty shootout.
Despite a decent World Cup 2018 in Russia for Neymar, with goals against Costa Rica and Mexico, there was disappointment for Brazil as they were eliminated by Belgium in the quarter-finals.
In October 2020, Neymar became Brazil's second highest scorer of all time after Pele by registering a hat-trick against Peru in a World Cup qualifier. Neymar had scored 64 goals in 103 games for Brazil.
Neymar has a son named Davi Lucca, born in 2011, with former girlfriend Carolina Dantas.
Natalia Barulich, the American model is reported to be Neymar's girlfriend.
He told Life Beyond Sport that away from soccer his hobbies are "being with my family and friends, doing barbecues, playing video-games, playing cards, go-kart racing."
Neymar is a Pentecostal Christian and sometimes is seen with a headband reading "100% Jesus"
Alongside Brazilian player Nene, Neymar has played in an annual charity match to raise money for the needy in their home country.
Music is a big passion of Neymar and he also likes to dance. He told Life Beyond Sport that the music he likes to listen to in his down time includes "samba, pagode, country music, gospel, funk and international music".
Neymar's net worth stood at $95.5million in 2020 according to Forbes.
Forbes also places Neymar at No. 4 in the World's Highest Paid Athletes 2020. He is reported to be on a five-year deal with PSG that runs to 2022 and is worth €289million in salary alone.
In September 2021, Forbes published an article containing the top 10 highest-earning soccer players. Neymar sits third on that list as he will earn $95million throughout the 2021/22 season. His contract of $75million makes him the joint highest-paid player alongside PSG teammate Lionel Messi. After leaving his deal with Nike, Neymar joined Puma to become their premier athlete.