Neymar

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Neymar Jr.
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Neymar at his Paris Saint-Germain presentation in August 2017.
Personal information
Full name Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior
[1]
Date of birth (1992-02-05) 5 February 1992 (age 26)[1]
Place of birth Sao Paulo, Brazil[1]
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Forward / Winger
Club information
Current team
Paris Saint-Germain
Number 10
Youth career
1999–2003 Portuguesa Santista
2003–2009 Santos FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Santos FC 103 (54)
2013–2017 FC Barcelona 124 (69)
2017- Paris Saint-Germain 14 (11)
National team
2009 Brazil U17 3 (1)
2011 Brazil U20 7 (9)
2012-2016 Brazil U23 14 (8)
2010–present Brazil
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, known as Neymar or Neymar Jr. (born 5 February 1992 in Magi das Cruz's, Brazil), is a Brazilian footballer that can play as a left or right Winger or as a Striker. He plays for the French team Paris Saint-Germain. He plays for the Brazil national football team at international level.

He has been compared to former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi and also to Cristiano Ronaldo and Pelé.

Early Life[change | change source]

Neymar was born in São Paulo, Brazil. His father was a former footballer. In 2003, Neymar began playing for Portuguesa Santista. Later that year, He and his family moved to Santos, São Paulo, where he joined Santos FC. He signed his first professional contract at age 17.

Career[change | change source]

Santos FC[change | change source]

Neymar joined Santos in 2003 and on March 7 2009, he made his debut for Santos at 17 years of age. He scored his first goal against Mogi Mirim, a week after his debut. On April 15 2010, Neymar scored five goals for Santos, beating Guarani 8-1 in the Brazilian Cup. Later, the club would win the cup. Neymar got red carded for wearing a mask in his goal celebration.

Brazil[change | change source]

After Neymar's performances for Brazil's U-17 team at the 2009 U-17 World Cup, on July 26 2010, Neymar was selected in the squad for the Brazil national team by new head coach Mano Menezes for a friendly match against USA on August 10 2010. He scored on his debut, in a 2–0 win for Brazil. On March 27 2011, he scored twice in a 2–0 win against Scotland at the Emirates Stadium.

FC Barcelona[change | change source]

In the summer of 2013, Neymar was bought by the Spanish club FC Barcelona for 57 million euros.

Paris Saint-Germain[change | change source]

In August 2017, he was bought by the French club Paris Saint-Germain for a world record-breaking €222 million, making him the most expensive transfer of all time.

Club statistics[change | change source]

Club Season League Cup[nb 1] League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Santos 2009 Série A 32 10 3 1 12[a] 3 47 14
2010 31 17 8 11 2[b] 0 19[a] 14 60 42
2011 21 13 13[c] 6 13[d] 5 47 24
2012 17 14 14[e] 9 16[a] 20 47 43
2013 1 0 4 1 18[a] 12 23 13
Total 102 54 15 13 29 15 78 54 224 136
Barcelona 2013–14 La Liga 26 9 3 1 10[f] 4 2[g] 1 41 15
2014–15 33 22 6 7 12[f] 10 51 39
2015–16 34 24 5 4 9[f] 3 1[h] 0 49 31
2016–17 30 13 6 3 9[f] 4 0 0 45 20
Total 123 68 20 15 40 21 3 1 186 105
Paris Saint-Germain 2017–18 Ligue 1 14 11 1 2 1 1 6[f] 6 22 20
Total 14 11 1 2 1 1 6 6 22 20
Career total 239 133 36 30 1 1 75 42 81 55 432 261

International statistics[change | change source]

As of 14 November 2017
National Team Year Apps Goals
Brazil 2010 2 1
2011 13 7
2012 12 9
2013 19 10
2014 14 15
2015 9 4
2016 6 4
2017 8 3
Total 83 53

Awards[change | change source]

Club[change | change source]

Santos[change | change source]

Barcelona[change | change source]

Brazil[change | change source]

Individual[change | change source]

  • South American Footballer of the Year: 2011, 2012
  • FIFA Puskás Award: 2011
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2015

External links[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Appearances in Campeonato Paulista
  2. Appearances in Copa Sudamericana
  3. Appearances in Copa Libertadores
  4. Eleven appearances and four goals in Campeonato Paulista, two appearances and one goal in FIFA Club World Cup
  5. Twelve appearances and eight goals in Copa Libertadores, two appearances and one goal in Recopa Sudamericana
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  7. Appearances in Supercopa de España
  8. Appearances in FIFA Club World Cup
  1. Includes cup competitions such as the Copa do Brasil, Copa del Rey and Coupe de France
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Neymar". ESPN.