Neymar de Silva Santos Junior popularly known as Neymar Jr is a professional footballer. He plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-German and for the Brazil National Team. Neymar is regarded as one of the most popular football players along with Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi.
The Brazilian star plays as a central striker, second striker, winger, and occasionally as an attacking midfielder in his matches.
Neymar made his professional debut on 7th March 2009 at Santos at an early age of 17. He left everyone surprised by his performance in the debut season after scoring 14 goals in 48 matches and was also awarded the ‘Best Young Player Award’. For the FIFA World Cup, he represented the Brazil U17 team in 2009.
He made his International Appearance on 10 August 2010 against team England at the age of 18 and from that time he is wearing the number 11 jersey. Further, he played for Barcelona and Paris Saint-German.
Teams Neymar Played For
He has played for three clubs i.e. Santos (Brazil) where he played a total of 225 matches and made 136 goals from his debut year 2009 to 2013. Later he joined Barcelona where he played 186 games and made 105 goals from 2013 to 2017. After leaving Barca, Neymar joined Paris Saint-German (France) in 2017 and till now has played 130 games and scored 90 goals.
Goals And Records
Neymar is sixth in the list of top scorers in international football. He has also scored four hat-tricks against China, South Africa, Japan, and Peru. Neymar is second behind Pele in all-time Brazil’s men’s scorers after scoring 70 goals in 166 international appearances.
He has also been rewarded with various Sporting and individual honors,
- Copa do Brazil (2010)
- Copa Libertadores (2011)
- Recopa Sudamericana (2012)
- La Liga (2014-15, 2015-16)
- Copa del Ray (2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17)
- UEFA Champions League (2015)
- FIFA Club World Cup (2015)
- Ligue 1 (2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20)
- Coupe de France(2017-18, 2019-20, 2020-21)
- Coupe de la Ligue (2017-18, 2019-20)
- South American Youth Championship (2011)
- FIFA Confederations Cup (2013)
- Summer Olympics (2016)
- Copa America runner-up (2021)
Neymar has a son named Davi Lucca born on 13 August 2011, from his former girlfriend Carolina Dantas. He also has a very close sibling relationship with his sister Rafealla Beckran and has even got her face tattooed in his hand stating their platonic relationship and the sister also has his eyes tattooed in her arm.
Neymar is world’s third highest paid footballer after Ronaldo and Messi with a net worth of $200 million as of 2022. He was also in 11-year sponsorship contract with Nike which ended in 2020 because of the sexual assault complaint against him by an employee.
After that, he signed with sportswear company Puma and also with Panasonic and has been remarked as the most marketable athlete in the world surpassing Lionel Messi(2nd), Cristiano Ronaldo (6th) by Sportspro magazine.
Social Media Links:
Official website: www.neymarjr.com
Instagram ID: @neymarjr
Twitter handle: @neymarjr