Biography of Neymar
Neymar da Silva Santos Junior or simply Neymar is a young Brazilian talent, striker of Brazilian Santos (2009-2013), Spanish Barcelona (2013-2017), French PSG (2017-present). The transfer from Barcelona to PSG in August 2017 made Neymar the most expensive player in history.
Neymar is the most expensive footballer in history
Neymar has been a recognized dribbling master for many years and has the ability to instantly accelerate, so he is not unreasonably called one of the most promising football players in the world. It makes no sense to be surprised that a new magician of a leather ball has appeared in Brazil: the football annals are literally overflowing with surnames with a Brazilian accent – Pele, Zico, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Kaka … This list is endless.
Neymar was born on February 5, 1992 in the Brazilian city of Mogi das Cruzes, which is under the jurisdiction of the state of Sao Paulo, in the family of the jeweler Neymar Sr. and Nadine Santos. A few years later, the Brazilian footballer had a sister, Rafaela.
Neymar showed his love for football as a child
Football became Neymar’s passion from an early age. At 7, he is already a graduate of the Brazilian Santos. The unique playing style of the young football prodigy could not but interest the agents of the leading European clubs, so already at the age of 12, Neymar first moved to the Iberian Peninsula: here he studied at the Real Madrid academy for almost three years.
Neymar’s first steps in big football
Playing in the youth championship of Sao Paulo for the “Spear”, Neymar has already been called the new Robinho. The first serious contract was signed with Brazilian Santos in 2008. His term was due to expire in 2014, but the events described below foretold his departure a year earlier. Neymar appeared in the first part of Santos in the spring of 2009.
The following season, his team (largely thanks to a young talent) “took” the Sao Paulo State Championship, the National Cup and the Libertadores Cup. Having scored 11 goals during the Brazilian Cup, our hero became the top scorer. The first serious trophies were received. This was just the beginning of a football career.
Neymar’s game for the Brazilian “Santos”
It is noteworthy that the legendary Pele also played for Santos. In total, Neymar spent 4 seasons in the Brazilian club, playing 228 matches and scoring a total of 137 goals. During this time, together with the team, he became the champion of Sao Paulo three times (2010, 2011, 2012). In the summer of 2010, the Santos management received several tempting offers to buy the Brazilian from two English teams, but both West Ham United and Chelsea were turned down.
Already at the age of 19, Neymar was first recognized as the “Football Player of the Year in South America”. It should be noted that the young Brazilian talent in 2011 was also nominated for the most prestigious individual award in the football world – the Golden Ball (according to the voting results, the Brazilian took only 10th place). Here is another FIFA award “For the most beautiful goal” to them. F. Puskasa went to Neymar without question.
Neymar’s move to Barcelona
It is no secret that all European football giants were interested in Neymar – from Real Madrid to Chelsea, but he agreed to sign an agreement only with the Catalan Barcelona. Real Madrid offered a sky-high $58 million at the time. It is curious that after the announcement of the amount of compensation for the early termination of the contract with Santos, several potential buyers immediately “frightened off”.
Barcelona officially announced the acquisition of Neymar on May 27, 2013. The purchase amount was 50 million euros, and the promised salary was to be 7 million euros per year. The agreement has been signed. All questions are settled. Almost all. A few months later, a persistent fan of the Catalan club was able to prove that the management of his favorite team, in particular President Sandro Rosell, did not report on all the money spent on the purchase of the Brazilian. So, the official representatives of the football player and the club “keep silent” about 50% of the amount. As a result, after all the proceedings, Josep Bartomeu took the chair of the president of Barcelona.
Today, Neymar is one of the highest paid footballers of the new generation. His face can often be found on the cover of a fashion magazine or in television advertisements. Millions of fans around the world learn about his daily, including personal, life from popular social networks that the footballer “looks” into daily.
Neymar also took part in the action with bananas
Neymar made his debut for Barcelona in a friendly against Lechia on 30 July 2013. The young talent was able to score the first goal for the new club already in the match for the Spanish Super Cup, which was also claimed by another metropolitan team, Atlético. By chance, the victory went to “pomegranate-blue”. In his first season at Barcelona, Neymar scored 16 goals in all competitions, appearing in 43 matches.
Neymar playing for Brazil
Neymar had every chance to play for the national team at the 2010 World Cup, which was held in South Africa. Then Pele himself recommended to the coach of the national team Dunge to take a skillful, fast football player to the tournament, but the latter, referring to the rather young age of the football player, refused to include Neymar even in the list of substitute players. However, already in August of the same year, he still managed to make his debut for the national team – in the match against the US team, Neymar even managed to score the decisive goal. From that moment on, his game in this team was no longer questioned.
Neymar’s personal life
The personal life of a young football player who has earned a fortune haunts millions of people around the world. It is known that Neymar loves to spend money thoughtlessly. Because of this, he even got into a few unpleasant stories.
At the age of 19, Neymar became not only the best football player in South America, but also a father. His 17-year-old girlfriend Carolina gave birth to his son, who was named Davi Lucca. The footballer never built a relationship with his son’s mother. Before moving to Spain, he dated compatriot actress Bruna Marchesini for two years. In February 2014, it was reported that Neymar had an affair with Brazilian model Gabriella Lenzi.