Neymar da Silva Santos Junior (port. Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior) is a Brazilian football player. Forward of the Brazilian national team and the French "Paris Saint-Germain". Football transfer market record holder - €222 million
Place of Birth. Neymar was born on February 5, 1992 to Neymar Santos and Nadine Santos, a jewelry merchant.
Professional career. Club "Santos." He is a graduate of the Santos club, where he got in 1999. In 2008, Neymar signed his first professional contract with Santos, calculated until 2014 with a huge amount of compensation, which immediately scared away many potential buyers, in addition, 40% of the deal belonged to the company "Gropa Sonda". True, some clubs did not back down, in particular Manchester United and Real Madrid, but the Spanish club had a priority right to buy a football player, since he signed a preliminary contract with him. On March 7, 2009, Neymar made his debut in the main team of Santos in a match with Oeste, replacing Mauricio Molina. A week later, in a match with Mozhi-Mirin, the striker scored his first goal in the first team of the club.
In the spring of 2010, Neymar won his first trophy at the senior level, becoming the champion of the state of São Paulo with Santos. On April 15, in the 1/16 match of the Brazilian Cup with the Guarani club, Neymar scored five goals, and his club won 8: 1. Subsequently, Santos won the country's cup, and Neymar became the tournament's top scorer with 11 goals. In the summer, Santos rejected the offer of West Ham United, who offered €15 million for the transfer of Neymar and Chelsea, who offered €20 million for the transfer of the striker. On August 20, Neymar, who wanted to stay in the team, decided to extend his contract with Santos for 5 years.
In August 2011, Santos offered Neymar a new contract, in response to Real Madrid's offer to buy a football player for €58 million. On October 29, the striker scored 4 goals in a match with Atlético Paranaense. On November 9 of the same year, Neymar re-signed a contract with Santos until July 13, 2014, according to which the player received a salary of € 6.5 million; the amount of compensation for the purchase of a football player under the contract amounted to € 75 million. At the end of the season, Neymar was recognized as the best player in the national championship, the best player in South America, and also became one of the contenders for the FIFA Golden Ball.
On February 6, 2012, with a double against Palmeiras, Neymar reached 100 professional goals.
Club Barcelona. In March 2012, according to media reports, Barcelona managed to negotiate the transfer of Neymar and even paid part of the money to buy out the player's contract - € 14.5 million.
In December 2012, Neymar received the Outstanding Game Award, becoming the second player after Pele to be awarded this trophy; the striker also became the top scorer of the season in Brazil, scoring 42 goals in 47 meetings, and one of these goals, in the match against Atlético Mineiro, was recognized as the best goal of the season in the country.
On May 26, 2013, the Spanish "Barcelona" on its official website announced the transition of Neymar to the "blue garnet" camp.
On 3 June, the striker's presentation took place at the Camp Nou, which was attended by 56,500 spectators. On the same day, Neymar signed a 5-year contract. The deal cost Barcelona €57m and the player's release clause was €190m.
On July 1, 2016, Neymar extended his contract with Barcelona until 2023 at a salary of €32.5 million per year.
Paris Saint-Germain Club. On August 3, 2017, it was announced that the striker was moving to the French side Paris Saint-Germain. Hours before the move, news broke that the transfer could fall through due to financial fair play restrictions and that La Liga had blocked the transfer of funds from the Parisians' treasury to the Catalans, but in the end, thanks to the lawyers, the move took place. However, later it was reported that in fact the Brazilian football player independently bought his contract from Barcelona for €222 million. than forbidding.
Records. First player in UEFA Champions League history to score in both quarter-finals, both semi-finals and the tournament final (2014/15). First player in UEFA Champions League history to score one goal in four matches in the same competition (2014/15). First player in football history to score a hat-trick in the Copa Libertadores and the UEFA Champions League (2013/14). Scored the fastest Barcelona hat-trick in UEFA Champions League history. The scorer of the fastest goal in the history of the Olympic Games.
Team Achievements. Santos: Paulista League champion: 2010, 2011, 2012; Brazilian Cup winner: 2010; winner of the Libertadores Cup: 2011; winner of Recopa South America: 2012.
"Barcelona": champion of Spain: 2014/15, 2015/16; winner of the Spanish Cup: 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17; winner of the Spanish Super Cup: 2013; UEFA Champions League winner: 2014/15; UEFA Super Cup winner: 2015; Club World Cup winner: 2015.
"Paris Saint Germain": French Champion (3): 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20; French Cup Winner (2): 2017/18, 2019/20; French League Cup winner: 2017/18; French Super Cup winner (2): 2018, 2023.
Brazil national team: Olympic champion: 2016; champion of South America among youth teams: 2011; Confederations Cup winner: 2013.
Personal life. Neymar met with Carolina Dantas, and already at the age of 19 he became the father of a son, who was named Davi Luca, but the relationship between the couple did not work out and they parted.
Neymar dated actress Bruna Marchesini (from 2012 to 2014), model Gabriella Lenzi (from 2014 to 2016) and model Sorae Vucelić.