Born on February 5, 1992, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Neymar drew attention to his remarkable skills in football at a young age. He emerged as the star of Santos Deck Teen and won four consecutive Player of the Year awards while becoming one of Brazil’s most popular public figures. After settling in Europe to join Barcelona at the start of the 2013-14 season, he helped the Spanish Authority to win national and international titles.
Brazilian soccer prodigy Neymar lived up to big expectations by winning four consecutive Player of the Year awards by age 21.
Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. was born on February 5, 1992, in Moggi das Cruzes, São Paulo, Brazil. The son of a former professional football player, Neymar follows in his father’s footsteps by playing in the streets and gaming rooms, an internal version of the game. He joined the Santista Portuguese youth club in 1999, and in a few years, he was one of the country’s most respected young talents.
- Rising Star
Neymar joined Santos Deck’s youth system at the age of 11. His skills spread throughout Europe and he had the opportunity to develop more with Real Madrid. At the age of 14, however, the Santos management team convinced Neymar to maintain a great reward.
Neymar debuted with Santos in 2009 and led the way by winning the Young Player of the Year Award. He emerged as a full-fledged star in 2010, helping Santos to win the league and Brazilian Cup trophies en route to the first three consecutive and four-time consecutive Player of the Year awards. This season also marked his debut for a great national team and started the Mohawk style haircut, which quickly became popular among young fans.
In 2011, the spectacular start produced what will be voted as an objective of the year Viva and led Santos to the first Copa Libertadores in 48 years. However, he also began to experience a violent reaction accompanied by celebrity. Neymar criticized his game during the quarterfinal defeat in Brazil at Copa America in 2011 and was reprimanded in the media for the children of a child out of wedlock.
Neymar scored his 100th professional goal on his 20th birthday in 2012 and ended his career with 43 years. Although Santos won its third consecutive title, the young star was again criticized when Brazil lost the gold medal game at the 2012 Summer Olympics against the underprivileged team from Mexico.
- Change Horizons
In May 2013, Neymar announced he would make a leap into Europe with the transfer to FC Barcelona, the strong club that saw Argentine striker Lionel Messi and many members of the Spanish national team.
Shortly after, the child’s miracle silenced part of his criticism of Brazil, leading to the 2013 Confederations Cup, demonstrating his desire to have more expectations on the world stage.
- 2014 World Cup Injury
Neymar’s performance dropped during the 2014 World Cup in his native Brazil, but stopped before the final. On July 4, 2014, a few minutes before Brazil’s quarter-final victory over Colombia, Neymar has pulled off the field on a stretcher in tears of pain after fracturing a bone in the back following a defeat of the Colombian defender. Juan Zuniga. With their star glow, Brazil’s hopes of a World Cup title faded when they lost their semi-final against Germany, 7-1.
- Overseas Success
Neymar lived to his turn-over with Barcelona, giving the talented Spanish club another talent. He scored 39 stunning goals in the 2014-15 season, helping the club achieve three coveted goals by announcing the league title, national cup and European Cup. The following year, a week after Barcelona became the champion of the Spanish league, scored in overtime to push the club under the last Copa del Rey.
However, the Brazilian star has not been able to achieve this kind of success as a leader of his national team. Was suspended during the 2015 America Cup, overwhelming Brazil’s chances of expanding the race. The following year, the tournament loss to remain a healthy meeting place for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.