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Brazil is known for producing some of the best players in the world since the beginning of football, and if we look at the players who rule the soccer world today, a prominent player is Neymar Jr.
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This 26 years old player is a prolific footballer of Brazil, and has earned huge fame and glamour as a player during his tenure at the Barcelona before his transfer to Paris Saint Germain which hit the headlines for a deal that made him the most expensive transfer.
Neymar joined Portuguesa Santista in 1999, and moved to São Vicente with his family in 2003 so that he could start his football career with the youth side named Portuguesa Santista. Later that year, the family moved to Santos, and Neymar joined Santos FC.
Neymar signed a contract with Santos FC in 2003, and he was enrolled in their youth academy. At the age of 14, Neymar also went to Spain and joined the youth team of Real Madrid. In 2009, at the age of just 17 years, Neymar appeared for the first time for Santos in the match against Oeste, and scored his first goal in the following week against Mogi Mirim. In his first season, he appeared in 48 games and scored 14 goals. During his tenure at Santos from 2009 to 2013, Neymar appeared in 102 matches and scored 54 goals.
Santos received offers from West Ham United and and Chelsea for Neymar, bt the club refused to let go of the Brazilian. In the end of 2010, they sold off 5% share of any transfer fee that Neymar would bring, too TEIS for a massive €1.5 million. 40 percent stake in the sporting rights of Neymar had already been sold off by his family to DIS Esport. He won the Puskás Award 2011.
Neymar joined Spanish giants Barcelona n the year 2013. After Santos got two offers, Neymar declared that he would join Barcelona in the Confederations Cup 2013. All that was known about this transfer was that it was a five-year deal. On the day of Neymar’s first match for Camp Nou, 56,500 fans turned up, leading to the highest audience number for a Brazilian. It was nitially revealed by the vice-president Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu, that the transfer fee of the player was €57.1 million while the release clause was €190 million. Barcelona played for Barcelona from 2013 to 2017. During this time, he appeared in 123 matches, and scored 68 goals.
Neymar joined Ligue 11 team PSG in 2017-18 season, with a transfer fee of €222 million which made him the most expensive transfer ever. Neymar’s contract with PSG will continue till 2022. Javier Pastore has offered him jersey number 10 as a welcome gift. Neymar faced a lowsuit from Barcelona who demanded the return of the contract renewal fees, along with an additional 10 percent as arrears, along with damage charges of €8.5 million. They even asked PSG to take the responsibility of the payment if the player fails to do so alone. Neymar appeared in 17 matches for PSG, and earned 18 goals.
Neymar joined the U-17 team for Brazil in 2009, and scored 1 goal in 3 matches of the U-17 World Cup, after which former Brazilian players urged the authorities to include him in the World Cup 2010. But, coach Dunga thought that he had not been sufficiently exposed on an international scale. Neymar got selected in the adult team iin 2010. Since then, he has appeared in 83 international matches and scored 53 goals. In 2011, Neymar helped Brazil lift the South American Youth Championship in which he scored nine goals. In 2012, he did tremendously well in the Summer Olympics, in which his team reached the final stage. In 2013, he earned the Golden Ball for his performances in the Confederations Cup, which went to Brazil. He has participated in many other extraordinary games of Brazil, including:
1. South American Youth Championship: 2011
2. Olympic Silver Medal: 2012
3. FIFA Confederations Cup: 2013
4. Olympic Gold Medal: 2016
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior grew up in Mogi das Cruzes suburb of São Paulo. It was not exactly a salubrious area for a child to grow up in. His father, Neymar Sr., once a footballer, gave up his failing sports career to take up three jobs because they were an extremely poor family. He had a huge impact on his life as his advisor and the support of the family. They could not even afford electricity, and this meant frequent power outrages and candlelight.
As Neymar grew up, he combined his passion of street football and futsal. Poverty was so much a part of their life that even after Neymar’s junior career began, his father could not watch his matches, because he was busy working. At one point, things got so bad that the family had to shift to Neymar’s grandparent’s house to save some money. In 2003, Neymar’s family moved São Vicente for the sake of his career at the youth side of Portuguesa Santista. Later that year, the family transferred to Santos.
Neymar travelled to Spain at the age of 14 for a stint at the Real Madrid youth academy. As Neymar began gaining success in his youth career, he started to earn more, and his family purchased their first house near the Vila Belmiro. He helped iprove the lifestyle of his family at age of 15, because Neymar was then earning a massive 10,000 reais a month which within a year, became 125,000 reais a month. When he was 17, he was in his first senior professional contract, and he started signing up with sponsors.
Neymar jr.’s mother’s name is Nadine Santos, with whom he shares a deep relationship. His father, Neymar Santos Sr., was once a footballer himself, but due to the poverty in their family, he had to give it up, as his career as an athlete was going too well. Instead, he had to take up three jobs, just to keep the family running. Neymar jr., who inherited his name from his father, accepts that his father has always had a huge impact on his life, since he was a little boy. He had seen his father trying his best to make ends meet. Growing up with a love for football and futsal, his father became his advisor, and later started managing his finances and everything else for him. His father also started performing the role of his agent.
Neymar is also quite close to his sister, Rafaella Beckran, who dropped the family name, Santos, to build her own identity. She is a huge fan of former English footballer David Beckham, and took up part of his surname. She is a blogger and an Instagram influencer, and is also a model for Elleven Wear, their family’s very own fashion label. The player and his sister are often seen hanging out with each other, and they even have tattoos of each other. While many have questioned their closeness, it has not been able to separate the siblings.
Some of the women in Neymar’s life are actress Chloe Grace Moretz: model and actress Thaila Ayal; Spanish lawyer Elisabeth Martinez; Ballet dancer Roberta Appratti; model Daniela Carvalho; model Gabriella Lenzi; Brazilian Playboy Magazine Patricia Jordane; pop star Anitta; fitness model Dani Sperle who is rumoured to be his wife; model and actress Carolina Dantas who is the biological mother of Neymar’s son; model and reality TV star Barbara Evans; actress Bruna Marquezine who has been on-again, off-again girlfriend; model Andressa Suita; model and dancer Carol Abranches; fitness expert Mayra Cardi; model and realty TV star Sara Vucelic; dancer Carol Belli; and TV presenter Nicole Bahls;
Neymar jr., as a young rich, handsome athlete, has obviously been associated with many women. He has been known to have at least 18 girlfriends, and that does not even include the short flings in his life. But the most prominent among his relationships are those with Dani Sperle whom Neymar was believed to have married secretly; Carolina Dantas who gave birth to Neymar’s son and has a cordial relationship with the player even now; and Bruna Marquezine, who was seen recently, kissing and canoodling with the player at a New Year’s party.
Neymar Jr. has a son, Davi Lucca da Silva Santos, or just Davi Lucca. He is six years old, being born on 24th August 2011 in São Paulo, Brazil. His birth mother Is Neymar’s former girlfriend, Carolina Dantas. Neymar is greatly attached to his son, who was born when the player himself was just 19 years old. Neymar said that although his first reaction was fear when he heard the news, he eventually felt joy. He even admits to crying when he first the news that he would be a father.
As of 2017, Neymar’s net worth is $37 million according to Forbes, which makes him the worth 18th highest pad athlete. His wealth includes $15 million in salary/winning money from his deal with Barcelona, as well as $22 million from endorsement deals with brands like Red Bull, Gillette, Beats Electronics, Panasonic, Nike, etc. At the beginning of the 2017-18 season, Neymar joined PSG and is believed to have surpassed both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of weekly salary drawn from the team. He is believed to be earning a whopping €36.8 million per year at PSG, which gives him more than €700,000 a week.
Neymar, at the age of just 26, has earned several accolades for his contributions to his teams as a footballer. He has led his national team, as well as his clubs, to big wins with goals, assists, and great performances, which have also earned him many individual awards, including the following:
1. Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Team of the Year: 2010, 2011, 2012
2. Chuteira de Ouro: 2010, 2011, 2012
3. Bola de Prata: 2010, 2011
4. Bola de Ouro: 2011
5. Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Best Player: 2011
6. World Soccer Young Player of the Year: 2011
7. Copa Libertadores Most Valuable Player: 2011
8. FIFA Club World Cup Bronze Ball: 2011
9. South American Footballer of the Year: 2011, 2012
10. FIFA Puskás Award: 2011
11. Bola de Ouro Hors Concours: 2012
12. FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Ball: 2013
13. FIFA Confederations Cup Bronze Shoe: 2013
14. FIFA Confederations Cup Dream Team: 2013
15. FIFA World Cup Bronze Boot: 2014
16. FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2014
17. Samba Gold: 2014, 2015, 2017
18. UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2014–15
19. La Liga Best World Player: 2014–15
20. La Liga Player of the Month: November 2015
21. UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Month: December 2017
22. UEFA Team of the Year: 2015
23. FIFA FIFPro World XI: 2015, 2017
24. FIFA FIFPro World XI 2nd team: 2013, 2014, 2016
25. IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker Bronze award: 2017
26. IFFHS Men’s World Team: 2017