Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, known as Neymar, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team. He is widely considered as one of the best players in the world.
Early Life & Career Beginning
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar Jr. or simply Neymar, was born in Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil, on February 5, 1992. His father, Neymar Santos Sr., is a former footballer and after noticing his son's growing talent in the sport, took on the role of his advisor. The family moved to São Vicente in 2003, where Neymar began playing for the youth team Portuguesa Santista. Later that same year they relocated to Santos, where he joined Santos FC. There, he trained in the Santos youth academy. When he was 14 years old, Neymar travelled to Spain where he joined the Real Madrid youth team; at the time, stars like Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham and Robinho played for Real Madrid.
Neymar's professional debut came on March 7, 2009, when he was only 17 years old. He played in the last thirty minutes of Santos' game against Oeste. During his rookie season, he scored 14 goals in 48 games. He continued his stellar performance, scoring 42 goals in 60 games during his second season in 2010, and winning the 2012 South American Footballer of the Year award. He played his final season for Santos on May 26, 2013, and announced the following day that he would be signing with Barcelona FC.
While with Barcelona, Neymar pulled off many impressive achievements. Notably, he was part of the iconic attacking trio consisting of him, Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez, also known as "MSN," that ended the 2014-2015 season with 122 goals between them—the most ever scored in a season for an attacking trio in the history of Spanish football. They went on to smash their previous record the next year, with 131 goals. On August 3, 2017, Barcelona announced the payment of €222 million to the club by Neymar's legal representatives, which triggered the release clause of his contract. This constituted the most expensive transfer ever at the time. Neymar then signed on with French club Paris Saint-Germain.
In addition to his professional football career playing for various clubs in Brazil in Europe, Neymar's career also includes many notable achievements as part of the Brazilian National Team. He was selected to be a member of Brazil's senior team for the first time in 2010 when he was only 18 years old, playing his first match for the team in a friendly game against the United States. He has since continued to represent Brazil at various international competitions, such as the 2011 South American Youth Championship, 2013 Confederations Cup, three Copa America tournaments (2011, 2015 and 2019), two Summer Olympics (2012 and 2016), and two World Cups (2014 and 2018).
Neymar was previously in a relationship with Carolina Dantas, with whom he shares son Davi Lucca, born on August 13, 2011. He is very close with his sister Rafaella; the siblings both have tattoos dedicated to each other. Neymar is also a devout Pentecostal Christian who reportedly tithes 10% of his income to his church, although these reports have not been substantiated.
Neymar is a Brazilian football (soccer) player who has a net worth of $200 million.