- known simply as Neymar or Neymar Jr., he is a Brazilian footballer. He plays as a striker and his current team is Paris Saint-Germain Football Club of Ligue 1 of France. He has been in the Brazilian national team since 2010. Equipped with great technique, he is regarded as one of the best players in the world.
Neymar emerged from Santos’ youth ranks, where he made his professional debut at the age of 17.9 Considered one of the most promising juveniles in the world.
He won three Paulist Championships in a row, a Brazilian Cup, and a Copa Libertadores, where he was top scorer and best player of the contest– the club’s first since 1963 with Pelé.
In Brazil, he become known for his eye-catching dribble,11 for winning the Puskás Award in 2011, and the Footballer of the Year in South America in 2011 and 2012. In 2013, he was transferred to F.C Barcelona, where he formed a remembered trio in attack alongside Argentine Lionel Messi and Uruguayan Luis Suarez.
Together, they got the trete, winning La Liga, the Copa del Rey, and the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League, where Neymar was the top scorer (along with Messi) and the author of a goal in the final against Juventus. Thanks to this, he managed to come third in the vote to the 2015 Ballon d’Or. In 2016 he won the double.
In 2017, after being instrumental for Barcelona’s return to Paris Saint-Germain, he was transferred in the summer to the Parsian team for 222 million euros, becoming the most expensive transfer in the history of football.
In France, Neymar won three league titles, two French Cups and two League Cups, earning a domestic triplet and being voted Ligue 1 Player of the Year in his debut season. In the 2019–20 season he won all domestic titles and guided the team to their first Champions League final.
With 64 goals in 103 matches with Brazil since his debut at the age of 18, Neymar is the second top gunner of the team, behind only Pelé. He was a key player for the conquest of the 2011 South American under-21 and the 2013 Confederations Cup, where he was voted Golden Boot. His participations in the 2014 World Cup and the 2015 Copa América were short due to his injuries and expulsions.
However, he captained the canarinha’s under-23 team for his first gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. In 2018 she participated in the 2018 World Cup in Russia where Brazil was eliminated in the quarter-finals against Belgium.
Off the field, Neymar became one of the most lucrative athletes of recent years; SportsPro named him the world’s most marketing athlete in 2012 and 2013, and ESPN cited him as the fourth best-known athlete in the world in 2016. In 2017, Neymar was included on Time’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.14 In 2018 France Football named him the third highest-paid footballer in the world. In 2019, Forbes positioned him as the third highest-paid athlete in the world, and fourth in 2020.