Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. was born on February 5, 1992, in Maggie dos Cruz, Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was taken to a father, Neymar Santos (footballer before him) and Nadine Santos.
Today, when we look at Neymar’s life, it is hard to believe that he never had a calm and prosperous childhood. His family was financially poor at the time of his birth. His father had to do many things to support his family and make a living; however, they were able to celebrate Neymar’s first birthday despite all these difficulties.
While Neymar’s father was trying to support his family financially, Neymar Jr. managed to discover his football talent and began to cultivate his talent in football. Unlike the football trajectory of other prominent football players globally, Neymar’s life in football started from a futsal field and not from a football field.
He had learned well how to play futsal and strengthen and complete himself in a confined field, accompanied by features such as hard contact with the ball in a small environment that he could not move much.
Due to the characteristics and limitations of the game that exist on a futsal court, Neymar learned and developed his skills in a dramatic way that he shows today on the football field.
In a short time, he became a favourite on his hometown’s streets, displaying his skills. Neymar’s father knew his son well and sometimes took the time to guide the young Neymar to his football career.
Neymar was one of the best street players in Sao Paulo, Brazil, before he was 11 years old. He created his Brazilian samba style of play, and Neymar naturally made him the best player selected by the street football organizers.
His speed, spectacular and incredible dribbling skills, even with his weaker left foot, and his ability to shoot shots from long distances towards the goal, gave him the edge, and these essential factors led Neymar to play from street football to ground. Real football.
He finally joined Barcelona on May 27, 2013, with $ 57 million and four years later, he left for PSG with a $ 263 million contract.
Neymar is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the first player to score a hat-trick in the Copa Libertadores, the Spanish Cup, the Champions League, and La Liga is currently the most expensive player in the world. He is also the first and only Brazilian footballer to be featured on Time magazine’s front page.
Neymar has won many national, club and individual honours during his playing career.
Best Player of the South American Youth Championship 2011 Best Player of the South American Youth Championship 2010 Best Player of the Copa Libertadores 2011 Best Player of the Rocopa Sudamericana 2012 Young Player of the Year: 2011 Gold Shoes 2010, 2011, 2012 South American Youth Championship 2011 Top scorer Championship 2012 Best scorer Copa Libertadores 2012 Best player in the Confederations Cup 2013 Best scorer in the Copa del Rey Spain 2014 Top scorer in the Champions League 2015 Nominated among the three finalists for the 2015 Ballon d’Or 2015 Samba Gold Award 2015 Second Most Valuable Player in 2016 2017
Paulista Cup 2010, 2011, 2012 Brazil Cup 2010, 2011 Copa Libertadores 2011
Spanish Super Cup 2012–2013
La Liga Championship 2014–2015
Cupadelri Championship 2014–2015
Champion League Champions 2014–2015
European Super Cup Championship 2014–2015
Laiga League Championship 2015–2015
Cupa Del Rey Championship 2015–2016
League Cup 2017–2016
La Coupe 2017 –2018
South American Youth Championship 2011
Olympic Silver Medal 2012
Confederations Cup Championship 2013
Rio 2016 Olympic Gold Medal