Neymar - Biography

Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, better known as Neymar, is a Brazilian footballer who plays forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazilian national team. He is highly recognised as one of the world's greatest players.At Santos, where he made his professional debut at the age of 17, Neymar rose to fame. He was instrumental in Santos winning two consecutive Campeonato Paulista titles, a Copa do Brasil, and the 2011 Copa Libertadores, the club's first since 1963.

Neymar was crowned South American Footballer of the Year twice, in 2011 and 2012, and moved to Barcelona shortly after. He won the continental triple of La Liga, Copa del Rey, and UEFA Champions League alongside Barcelona's offensive three of Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez, and finished third in the FIFA Ballon d'Or for his exploits in 2015. In the 2015–16 season, he achieved a domestic double.

Neymar moved to Paris Saint-Germain for €222 million in 2017, making him the most expensive player in history. Neymar won three league titles, three Coupe de France, and two Coupe de la Ligue in his first season in France, including a domestic triple and was named Ligue 1 Player of the Year. In the 2019–20 season, Neymar helped PSG win the domestic treble and guided the club to its first-ever Champions League Final.

Neymar is Brazil's second-highest goalscorer, following only Pelé, with 69 goals in 113 appearances since his debut at the age of 18. He was a significant figure in Brazil's triumphs at the 2011 South American Youth Championship, where he was named top scorer, and the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, where he was named player of the tournament and earned the Golden Ball.

Injury and suspension cut short his participation in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2015 Copa América, respectively, before captaining Brazil to their first Olympic gold medal in men's football at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Despite renouncing the leadership two years later, he played in the 2018 FIFA World Cup and, after missing the 2019 Copa América due to injury, helped Brazil become runner-up in the 2021 event.

Off the field, Neymar is one of the most well-known athletes in the world. In 2012 and 2013, SportsPro rated him the world's most marketable athlete, while ESPN named him the world's fourth-most renowned athlete in 2016. He was included to Time magazine's annual list of the world's 100 most influential people in 2017. Neymar was named the world's third highest-paid footballer by France Football in 2018.

Forbes listed him as the world's third highest-paid athlete the following year, although he fell to fourth place in 2020.

Family

Neymar da Silva Santos Junior was born to Neymar Santos Sr. and Nadine da Silva in Mogi das Cruzes, So Paulo. His father, a professional player, gave him the name Neymar and became his son's counsellor as Neymar's abilities grew. Neymar on his father's involvement in the team: 'Since I was a child, my father has been at my side. He's in charge of my finances and my family.'

Neymar blended his passion of futsal and street football as a child. Futsal, according to Neymar, had a significant impact on his development as a player, aiding in the development of his technique, quickness of thought, and ability to make movements in tight areas.

Neymar relocated to So Vicente with his family in 2003, where he began playing for the Portuguesa Santista youth team. Later in 2003, they relocated to Santos, where Neymar became a member of Santos FC. With the additional cash from his youth career, the family purchased their first home, a house near Vila Belmiro, Santos' home stadium.

At the age of 15, Neymar was making 10,000 reais per month, and at the age of 16, he was earning 125,000 reais per month. He got his first full professional contract at the age of 17, was promoted to the Santos first squad, and began signing sponsorship agreements.

Davi Lucca, Neymar's kid with former girlfriend Carolina Dantas, was born on August 13, 2011. He and his sister Rafaella Beckran have an extremely close sibling connection, and he sealed their platonic bond by tattooing her face on his arm, while Beckran tattooed her brother's eyes on her arm.

Neymar is a devout Christian who practises the Pentecostal faith. 'Life only makes sense when our ultimate aim is to serve Christ!' Neymar has said of his religion. He's also been known to wear a headband with the words '100% Jesus' on it. Neymar is said to tithe 10% of his earnings to his church and names Kaká as his religious role model.

Every year, Neymar teams up with fellow Brazilian player Nenê to organise a charity match in Nenê's birthplace of Jundia, with the goal of raising food for poor families. Neymar speaks Spanish in addition to his native Portuguese.

On September 2, 2020, it was revealed that Neymar had tested positive for COVID-19, along with PSG colleagues ngel Di Mara and Leandro Paredes. The three players allegedly went on holiday to Ibiza, according to the French sports publication L'Équipe. As a consequence, they were placed on a one-week quarantine, and the remainder of the players and working staff were given the same week to do a coronavirus test.

Neymar said that lvaro González racially insulted him after being sent off for striking him in the back of the head during a match between Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille. Following the contest, Neymar retaliated on social media, claiming that he made no racist remarks during the game. On September 16, Neymar was given a two-match suspension for his antics, and LaLiga launched an inquiry into lvaro's alleged racist remarks.

The Spanish radio station Cadena SER claimed to have evidence of Neymar racially insulting OM player Hiroki Sakai a few days before the French league's verdict. LaLiga ruled on September 30 that neither lvaro nor Neymar will be suspended since the evidence of their wrongdoings was insufficient. Sakai also disputed on social media the day following the judgement that Neymar had made racial remarks at him.

Neymar with his family
Santos

Neymar began playing football at a young age and was quickly noticed by Santos FC, who signed him in 2003 and enrolled him in their development programme, which has produced Brazilian internationals such as Coutinho, Clodoaldo, Diego, Elano, and Alex in the past. He began his career with the club, called Peixe, alongside players such as Pepe, Pelé, and Robinho. Neymar met Paulo Henrique Ganso in the youth programme, and the two became fast friends.

At the age of 14, Neymar travelled to Spain for tryouts with Real Madrid's youth squad, which included Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Roberto Carlos, and Robinho. However, he did not stay in Madrid since his father believed at the time that the young phenom should continue to grow while playing for Santos.

Neymar's rise continued in 2010, and on April 15, 2010, he scored five goals for Santos in an 8–1 thrashing of Guarani in the Brazilian Cup qualification stages. After a 5–5 aggregate win against Santo André in the finals of the 2010 Campeonato Paulista, in which Neymar scored 14 goals in 19 games, the team was declared winners. Following that, Neymar was named the best player in the competition. Neymar's performances at Santos have been compared to those of famous Brazilians such as Robinho and Pelé.

In 2010, Santos turned down a £12 million offer from West Ham United of the English Premier League, as well as a £20 million offer from Chelsea of the English Premier League. Despite Santos' refusal to sell and Neymar's declaration that 'I'm focused exclusively on Santos,' Wagner Ribeiro, Neymar's agent, suggested that Neymar's career path was elsewhere, saying, 'He wants to become the best player in the world.'

During Santos' journey to the 2011 Copa Libertadores Finals, Neymar scored six goals, matching him for third most goalscorer, including the decisive goal in Santos' 4–3 aggregate win over Cerro Porteo in the semi-finals. Santos met Pearol of Uruguay in the two-legged final and drew the opening leg 0–0 in Montevideo. In the second leg, Neymar scored in the 46th minute to give Santos a 2–1 victory at home, and Neymar was named Man of the Match. Santos won the Copa Libertadores for the first time since 1963, when Brazilian legend Pelé was a member of the team.

Neymar scored his 100th goal as a professional football player against Palmeiras in the Campeonato Paulista on February 5, 2012, when he was 20 years old. On February 25, 2012, he scored two goals, one from 25 yards out, and added two assists to help his team defeat Ponte Preta 6–1. Santos defeated Internacional 3–1 in a Copa Libertadores Group stage match on March 7, 2012, with Neymar scoring a hat-trick. He scored a brace in a 5–0 win over Guaratinguetá on March 29.

Neymar scored twice in the first match of the 2013 Campeonato Paulista, a 3–1 victory against So Bernardo on January 19, 2013. On the 23rd of January 2013, Neymar scored against Botafogo in a 3–0 victory. Santos defeated So Paulo 3–1 in a Paulista match on February 3, 2013, with Neymar scoring two goals and providing two assists. Neymar stated on March 18, 2013, that he 'dreamed of playing in Europe, for a great club like Barcelona, Real Madrid, or Chelsea.' 'There's no point in guessing when I'll depart Santos,' he continued. 'I'll go when I'm ready.'

Santos beat Unio Barbarense 4–0 in the Paulista on April 13, with Neymar scoring all four goals, having one disallowed, and hitting the post. Neymar's agency and father announced on April 25, 2013, that he planned to move for Europe before the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Neymar was in tears during the national anthem before his final match for Santos, against Flamengo, on May 26.

Neymar playing for santos
Barcelona

Santos reported on May 24, 2013, that they had received two bids for Neymar. The next day, Neymar revealed that he will sign with Barcelona on May 27, 2013, and that he would join the squad after the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. Except for the fact that he signed a five-year contract, neither Neymar nor the clubs have disclosed any information on the transfer fee or personal terms. After passing medical testing and signing a deal that would keep him at the club until June 2018, Neymar was presented by Barcelona on June 3, 2013.

Neymar was introduced in front of 56,500 spectators at the Camp Nou, a record attendance for a Brazilian player. Josep Maria Bartomeu, the club's vice-president, first stated that Neymar's transfer cost was €57.1 million, with a €190 million release clause. He may need to acquire weight, according to Barcelona's doctor, in order to adapt physically in Spanish football.

The prosecutor's office in Madrid began looking into the transfer fee that Barcelona paid for Neymar in January 2014. On request, the authorities received papers that provided contradicting information. Rosell resigned from his post as president on January 23, 2014. Barcelona published the specifics of the move a day later, revealing that it had cost them €86.2 million (£71.5 million), with Neymar's parents receiving a €40 million payment. Barcelona and Bartomeu were both charged with tax fraud as a result of the incident.

Barcelona drew 2–2 with Lechia Gdask in a pre-season friendly on July 30, 2013, and Neymar made his unofficial debut as a substitute. On August 7, he scored his first goal for the club in a 7–1 victory over a Thailand XI at the Rajamangala National Stadium.

Neymar scored his first La Liga goal six days later in Barcelona's 4–1 victory over Real Sociedad at Camp Nou. He made his debut El Clásico appearance on October 26, scoring the first goal and assisting Alexis Sánchez's winning goal as Barcelona defeated Real Madrid 2–1 at Camp Nou. Neymar scored his first three Champions League goals in a 6–1 victory against Celtic in Barcelona's last Group H encounter on December 11th.

After coming in as a substitute on September 13, 2014, Neymar scored his first two goals of the 2014–15 season, helping Barcelona defeat Athletic Bilbao 2–0. He scored a hat-trick in a 6–0 win against Granada on September 27, and he scored in his following three La Liga appearances, including the opening goal in a 1–3 loss to Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu.

Neymar scored the game's last goal in a 3–0 triumph against Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final in May, the final month of the season. He scored both goals in a 3–2 second-leg loss at the Allianz Arena a week later to guarantee Barça's qualification for the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final. He also scored the first goal in a 2–0 league win over Real Sociedad, giving Barça a four-point advantage over Real Madrid with only two games remaining.

Neymar scored the third goal in Barça's 3–1 Champions League Final victory against Juventus at Berlin's Olympiastadion on June 6, 2015, clinching the club's fifth European Cup. Barcelona became the first club in history to win the domestic league, domestic cup, and European Cup all three times. On a personal level, he became only the eighth player in football history to win both the Copa Libertadores and the UEFA Champions League, as well as the first to score in both finals.

Neymar finished the season with 39 goals in all competitions, including 10 in the Champions League, tying Cristiano Ronaldo and colleague Lionel Messi for the most goals in the latter competition. Since compatriot Kaká in 2006–07, he was the first player other than the two to top the competition's scoring chart. Messi, Luis Suárez, and Neymar, collectively known as 'MSN,' scored 122 goals for Barcelona, the most by an attacking trio in Spanish football history.

Neymar was anticipated to miss the 2015 UEFA Super Cup and the 2015 Supercopa de Espana due to the mumps. Neymar scored four goals in Barcelona's 5–2 home win over Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on October 17, bringing his season total to eight goals. Neymar scored one goal and provided a back heel assist for Andrés Iniesta in Barcelona's 4–0 away win over Real Madrid on November 21. On November 28, he scored twice in a 4–0 home win over Real Sociedad, bringing his La Liga goal total to 14 in 12 games.

Neymar was nominated for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or alongside Messi and Ronaldo on November 30th, and finished third. Neymar scored a late goal in Barcelona's 2–0 extra-time win over Sevilla in the 2016 Copa del Rey Final at the Vicente Calderón on May 22, 2016, as the club celebrated winning the domestic double for the second season in a row, following their treble victory the year before. The front three of Messi, Suárez, and Neymar scored 131 goals this season, breaking the previous year's record for most goals scored by an attacking trio in a single season.

Neymar scored two goals and assisted Sergi Roberto's game-winning goal in Barcelona's 6–1 round-of-16 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League round of 16. After overturning a 4–0 deficit to PSG in the first leg on February 14, 2017, the second leg became the biggest comeback in Champions League history.

In his 177th appearance for Barcelona, Neymar scored his 100th goal in a 4–1 victory over Granada on April 2, 2017. Neymar scored his 105th goal for Barcelona in the 2017 Copa del Rey Final, as Barcelona defeated Alavés 3–1 at the Vicente Calderón in Madrid on May 27.

Neymar playing for barcelona
Paris Saint-Germain

On August 3, 2017, Barcelona announced that Neymar's legal representatives had paid the club €222 million, equal to his contract's release clause, making it the most expensive transfer ever. The club notified UEFA so that any disciplinary actions that may be imposed as a result of this case can be determined. The release clause must be activated by the footballer himself in Spain, according to the BBC.

The situation was unusual in that the fee was paid directly to the club after La Liga refused to accept it. The buyout clause is usually deposited with La Liga in order to release the player from his contract, and the money is then transferred to the selling club. La Liga, on the other hand, rejected the payment, citing PSG's violation of Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, which are backed by funds from the Gulf state of Qatar.

Neymar signed a contract with Paris Saint-Germain that would last until 2022. Javier Pastore offered him the number 10 jersey as a 'welcome gift.'

FC Barcelona sued Neymar on August 27, 2017, demanding that he return the contract renewal bonus he received, as well as €8.5 million in damages and an additional 10% for arrears. They claim they are owed money from Neymar's renewal bonus, which he received when he signed a new contract in 2016. The club also asked Paris Saint-Germain to assume responsibility for paying the fees if the player is unable to do so on his own. Lawyers for Neymar have stated that they will contest the case.

On August 13, 2017, Neymar made his Les Rouge-et-Bleu debut, scoring a goal and assisting on another in a 3–0 away victory over Guingamp. In the following Ligue 1 match against Toulouse, he added two more goals to his tally. Neymar scored one goal each in PSG's two opening games of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League group stage, with the team winning 5–0 at Celtic and 3–0 at home over Bayern Munich, as part of a prolific attacking trio alongside teenage French prodigy Kylian Mbappé and Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani.

Neymar scored PSG's first league goal of the 2018–19 season in a 3–0 win over Caen at Parc des Princes on August 12, 2018. In his next game, Neymar scored a penalty as PSG defeated Guingamp 3–1 in Ligue 1. The front three of Neymar, Mbappé, and Cavani all scored in the following league game, a 3–1 win over Angers at home, with Neymar scoring from Mbappé's cut back and setting up Cavani for the opener.

Neymar scored a hattrick in a 6–1 Champions League group stage win over Red Star Belgrade on October 3, 2018. In late January 2019, he suffered a foot injury that forced him to miss his team's Champions League round of 16 match against Manchester United F.C. After United beat PSG, Neymar took to Instagram to criticise video review officials for awarding United a stoppage-time penalty. Neymar was given a three-match suspension by UEFA for the insult.

Neymar scored in the 2019 Coupe de France Final against Rennes on April 27, but Rennes came back to win on penalties. Neymar was caught on video appearing to punch a spectator in the face after the match. PSG players were being filmed and insulted by a spectator. PSG stated that they '100%' supported Neymar in the incident. Neymar admitted he was mistaken, but insisted that neither he nor anyone else could have been neutral.

Thomas Tuchel, PSG's coach, responded: 'It's not easy to get back on your feet after a loss. We must show respect even if we lose. You can't get into a fight with a bystander.'

On 14 September 2019, Neymar made his first appearance for PSG in the 2019–20 season, in a 1–0 win over Strasbourg in Ligue 1. In the second half, he scored the game-winning goal with a bicycle kick in injury time. He scored a late winner in PSG's 1–0 win over Lyon at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais a week later.

Neymar suffered a hamstring injury while on international duty with Brazil in October, but returned to play for PSG in a 2–2 draw against Real Madrid in their Champions League group match on November 26. He scored a crucial away goal in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 against Borussia Dortmund on February 18, 2020, as PSG lost 2–1. Neymar's team defeated Dortmund in the second leg, winning 2–0 (3–2 on aggregate) and completing their own comeback in the Champions League.

He scored a header from a ngel Di Mara corner and also made a play that led to his teammate Juan Bernat scoring the second goal.

Neymar was forced to miss the first match of the 2020–21 season after testing positive for COVID-19 a week prior; PSG went on to lose the game against Lens 1–0. However, before the match against Marseille on September 13, 2020, he returned to training. PSG lost the Le Classique for the first time since 2011, losing 1–0 to OM in a match in which the referee issued 14 yellow cards and 5 red cards, including one to Neymar.

Neymar scored his 50th goal in Ligue 1 on November 28th, converting a penalty in PSG's 2–2 draw with Bordeaux. As a result, he became the club's fastest player to reach 50 league goals, doing so in only 58 games. He scored two goals in a 3–1 Champions League victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford four days later. Neymar scored his third Champions League hat-trick against Istanbul Başakşehir in PSG's final group match, as his side won 5–1 and qualified for the knockout stage as group winners.

He became the first player in European Cup and Champions League history to score 20 goals for two different clubs, scoring 21 goals in 40 games for Barcelona and 20 goals in 25 games for PSG.

Neymar suffered an ankle injury after a tackle from Thiago Mendes in a 1–0 loss to Lyon on December 13th, and had to be stretchered off the field. He avoided a fracture, but a sprain forced him to miss three weeks of action. On the 13th of January 2021, exactly one month after his injury, he made his comeback in a 2–1 victory over rivals Marseille in the Trophée des Champions, with Neymar scoring the winning penalty. On February 10, he suffered a left adductor injury in a 1–0 cup win over Caen, putting him out for four weeks.

He returned to action on March 21, coming on as a substitute in a 4–2 league win over Lyon.

Paris Saint-Germain were eliminated in the semi-finals of the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League by Manchester City. Neymar was not present for PSG's defeat of Barcelona, but he was present for both quarter-final and semi-final matches against Bayern Munich and Man City. He extended his contract with PSG until 2025 on May 8th.

Neymar playing for PSG
International career

Former Brazilian football players Pelé and Romário reportedly urged coach Dunga to take Neymar to the 2010 World Cup after Neymar's performances for Santos in their successful early 2010 season, which included winning the 2010 Copa do Brasil, in which Neymar was the top goalscorer, and the 2010 Campeonato Paulista, in which Neymar scored 14 goals.

Despite widespread support for Neymar's inclusion in Dunga's squad, which included a 14,000-signature petition, and despite intense pressure on Dunga to select Neymar, he was left out of both the squad of 23 and the stand-by list. Despite the fact that Dunga described Neymar as 'extremely talented,' he claimed that he had not been put to the test on an international level enough to earn a World Cup spot and that he had failed to impress enough while on international duty.

Neymar scored nine goals in the 2011 South American Youth Championship, two of which came in the final of Brazil's 6–0 victory over Uruguay. He also played in the 2011 Copa América in Argentina, where he scored two goals against Ecuador in the first round. In Brazil's first match against Venezuela, which ended in a 1–1 draw, he was named 'Man of the Match.' Brazil was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Paraguay (2–2 a.e.t.) in a penalty shootout, with Neymar being replaced in the 80th minute.

Neymar was selected for the Brazil Olympic football team to compete in the London 2012 Olympic Games on May 11, 2012. On July 20, 2012, in Brazil's first warm-up match against Great Britain at Riverside Stadium, Neymar was involved in both goals of a 2–0 victory, first assisting on a free-kick into the six-yard box for Sandro's header and then converting a penalty.

Neymar scored a penalty, his third goal of the tournament, and assisted in Leandro Damio's second goal of the match to help Brazil to a 3–2 victory over Honduras in the quarter-finals at St James' Park, securing a place in the semi-finals. Brazil lost 2–1 to Mexico in the final at Wembley Stadium in London on August 11th.

On September 10, 2012, Neymar scored his first full international hat-trick in an 8–0 win over China at the Estádio José do Rego Maciel in Recife. On September 19, Neymar scored the game-winning goal against Argentina in a 2–1 victory at the Estádio Serra Dourada in Goiânia, Brazil, in the first leg of the 2012 Superclásico de las Américas.

Neymar playing for his national team
Confederations Cup 2013

Neymar was named to Luiz Felipe Scolari's Brazil squad for the 2013 Confederations Cup, which will be held in his home country. He was given the number 10 shirt for the tournament, after previously wearing 11.

On June 15, Neymar scored the tournament's first goal in a 3–0 win over Japan at the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha. Brazil defeated Mexico 2–0 in their second match, with Neymar scoring after nine minutes and crossing for Jô's late goal. He scored for the third consecutive match, as Brazil defeated Italy 4–2, with a powerful free kick from the edge of the penalty area, earning him his third consecutive man-of-the-match award.

World Cup 2014

Neymar scored a hat-trick against South Africa in a friendly match in Johannesburg on March 5, 2014. When a South African boy ran onto the pitch after the final whistle, he made headlines for his actions. As security guards began to escort the boy off the field, Neymar stepped in and introduced him to his Brazil teammates, who then lifted him into the air as part of their celebrations.

Neymar earned his 50th international cap against Croatia in So Paulo in the tournament's opening match on June 12. With Croatia leading 1–0 in the 26th minute, Neymar elbowed Croatian midfielder Luka Modri, earning him a yellow card. Many critics agreed that Neymar's punishment was excessively lenient and that he should have been sent off. He equalised just before halftime with a shot from outside the box, then gave Brazil the lead in the second half with a penalty kick after a contentious referee decision, resulting in a 3–1 victory.

He scored twice in the third group match as the Seleço defeated Cameroon 4–1 to advance to the knockout stage. The match against Chile in the round of 16 ended 1–1 after 120 minutes and was decided by a penalty shootout, with Neymar scoring the decisive kick for Brazil.

While battling for the ball in the quarter-final loss to Colombia, Neymar was kneed in the back by Juan Camilo Ziga and had to be carried off the field on a stretcher. Neymar missed the rest of the World Cup after a hospital scan revealed he had a fractured vertebra in his spine. Neymar assisted Thiago Silva's opening goal with a cross from a corner kick earlier in the game. It was Neymar's second assist from a corner in the tournament, following his assist on David Luiz's goal against Chile in the previous round.

Brazil would eventually lose in the semi-final to Germany 7–1 without injured talisman Neymar (and suspended captain Thiago Silva).

On July 11, Neymar was named to the FIFA Golden Ball shortlist of ten players for the tournament's best player. He was named to the World Cup All Star XI and won the Bronze Boot as the tournament's third top goalscorer.

Neymar playing 2014 world cup
2015 Copa América

Due to the absence of captain Thiago Silva due to injury, new coach Dunga decided to make Neymar captain and confirmed on September 5 that the forward would be retained as captain on a permanent basis. For the first time in his international career, Neymar scored four goals in a single game, scoring all of Brazil's goals in a 4–0 friendly win over Japan at the National Stadium in Singapore on October 14, 2014. Neymar had scored 40 goals in 58 internationals when he was just 22 years old, making him the fifth highest goalscorer for his country.

Neymar scored Brazil's second goal in a 3–1 friendly win over France in Paris on March 26, 2015.

On 14 June 2015, in Brazil's first Copa América match, Neymar equalised and assisted Douglas Costa's stoppage-time winner as Brazil came back from a 0–1 deficit to defeat Peru 2–1 in Temuco. Neymar was booked for handball after Brazil's second match, a 0–1 loss to Colombia in Santiago, resulting in a suspension.

He was sent off for deliberately kicking the ball at Pablo Armero after the final whistle, and was pushed over by Colombian striker Carlos Bacca, who was also dismissed. Neymar was given a four-match suspension by CONMEBOL, which will keep him out of the tournament for the rest of the season, as well as a $10,000 fine.

Naymar in 2015 COPA America Season
2016 Summer Olympics

The CBF had hoped for Neymar to play in both the Copa América Centenario and the Olympics in Rio during the summer of 2016, but he was rested from the first tournament after a request from Barcelona manager Luis Enrique. He was then named the team's captain by the Olympic side's manager, Rogério Micale, in late June 2016. He was one of three over-23 players to be included in Brazil's squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics on home soil.

Neymar opened the scoring with a free kick after 27 minutes in the final against Germany at the Maracan in Rio on August 20. After Max Meyer equalised in the second half, the game ended 1–1. Brazil won its first Olympic gold medal in men's football by defeating Germany 5–4 on penalties, with Neymar scoring the winning penalty. He had faced criticism for his behaviour on and off the field both during and before the tournament, with several former Brazil players claiming that he was unfit to lead the national team. Following the team's Olympic victory, Neymar resigned as captain.

FIFA World Cup

Neymar was named to Tite's final 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia in May of this year. He returned to international duty on June 3, 2018, after a three-month layoff due to a foot injury, and scored a goal in a 2–0 friendly win over Croatia at Anfield. When he scored his 55th international goal in a 3–0 friendly win over Austria the following week, he joined Romário as Brazil's joint-third highest goalscorer.

Neymar scored the team's second goal in injury time as Brazil won 2–0 against Costa Rica in their second World Cup match on June 22 at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg. His 56th goal for Brazil moved him into third place on the all-time scoring list, behind only Pelé and Ronaldo.

Neymar scored his second World Cup goal in a 2–0 win over Mexico in the last 16 on July 2nd, while also assisting Roberto Firmino's goal. Despite Neymar's 'good performances,' which saw him top several World Cup statistics, BBC Sport wrote after the Mexico game that 'there is still a sense that he remains widely unpopular among neutrals' due to his 'petulance and play-acting.'

Meanwhile, according to the Brazilian newspaper O Globo, 'Neymar has charmed Brazil, but irritated the entire world.' Brazil was eliminated on July 6th after losing 2–1 to Belgium in the quarter-finals, with Neymar denied an injury-time equaliser by Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois' fingertip save.

Neymar was named to Brazil's 23-man squad for the 2019 Copa América, which will be held on home soil. However, in a 2–0 friendly win over Qatar on June 5, he injured his ankle and was ruled out of the tournament, with Neymar expected to miss four weeks as a result of the injury.

Neymar made his 100th appearance for Brazil in a 1–1 friendly draw with Senegal in Singapore on October 10, 2019. He scored a hat-trick in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Peru on October 13, 2020, which Brazil won 4–2. He scored his 64th international goal, surpassing Ronaldo as the country's all-time leading goalscorer.

Neymar scored the second goal in a 2–0 win over Peru on September 9, 2021, to become Brazil's all-time leading scorer in FIFA World Cup qualification matches, with a total of 12 goals.

Neymar after scoring a goal in fifa world cup
Playing Method

Neymar is a Brazilian striker who typically plays as a centre striker, second striker, winger, or attacking midfielder. He has been dubbed 'a real phenomenon.' Due to his frenetic speed and playmaking talents, he frequently plays as a left sided striker for both club and country in the team's 4–3–3 system, drifting infield; this position allows him to shoot with his better foot or create chances for teammates. Neymar's dribbling, trickery, and playmaking abilities are reminiscent of Neymar's countryman Ronaldinho.

His primary characteristics are his 'electric' and 'explosive' inventiveness, vision, passing, finishing, dribbling, feints, touch, and technique. He's a well-known proponent of the rainbow flick. He is a prolific goalscorer who, although being natively right-footed, can score with both feet and his head and is a reliable free-kick and penalty taker. According to Neymar, 'I'm always working on my dribbling, shooting, headers, and control. You may always make improvements '.. Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Andrés Iniesta, Xavi, and Wayne Rooney have all influenced him.

However, Neymar has been chastised for his excessive diving when tackled by another player, something Pelé has stated is 'unacceptable.' 'This is a guy whose body can't take a lot of punishment. He falls a lot since he can't do anything else, but he was overdoing it this time.' 'Even when he is fouled, he can't create a show out of it,' he said. Neymar's antics during the 2018 World Cup sparked the Neymar Challenge for spectacular dives on social media.

He is typically the most targeted player on the field as the star player for Brazil (and PSG), and he was the most fouled player in Europe's top divisions in 2018. He has been accused of exaggerating injuries, with Eric Cantona calling him a 'wonderful actor' and compared him to a wheeled luggage, saying, 'You barely touch it, and it spins round and round for hours.'

In reaction to the criticism of his petulance and histrionics, Neymar featured in a post-2018 World Cup advertisement in which he acknowledged to not being able to deal with his frustrations, which led to theatrics on the field, and pledged to improve. Throughout his career, he has also dealt with injuries.

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Since his rise to prominence at the age of 17, Neymar has secured a slew of sponsorship deals. He inked an 11-year contract with American sportswear manufacturer Nike in March 2011, which would expire in August 2020. Since then, Neymar has partnered with Puma, a German clothing business. Panasonic spent US$2.4 million in March 2011 to secure Neymar's services for two years. Neymar was rated 13th on France Football's list of the world's richest players in 2012, with total earnings of $18.8 million for the preceding 12 months, before joining Barcelona.

Volkswagen, Tenys Pé Baruel, Lupo, Ambev, Claro, Unilever, and Santander have all inked sponsorship deals with him. By 2018, France Football has rated Neymar as the world's third best paid player, with a total income of €81.5 million ($95 million) for a calendar year through salary, bonuses, and endorsement deals. With earnings of $105 million for the calendar year, Forbes named Neymar the world's third highest-paid athlete (after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo).

Neymar was named the most marketable athlete in the world by SportsPro magazine on May 8, 2013, ahead of Lionel Messi (2nd) and Cristiano Ronaldo (3rd) (8th). Neymar debuted the Nike Hypervenom football footwear in the same month. The N, J, and R (Neymar Junior) were designed to match Neymar's shirt number 11 in November 2012 by advertising firm Loducca. With other worldwide football stars such as Thierry Henry and Luis Suárez, Neymar appeared in a 2014 commercial for Beats with the concept of 'The Game Before The Game' and the players' pre-game routine of listening to music.

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After Konami Digital Entertainment revealed that Neymar had joined Pro Evolution Soccer, he was featured on the front covers of the video games Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2013. As a featured cover athlete, Neymar joins Cristiano Ronaldo. Neymar also appears in EA Sports' FIFA video game franchise, with the FIFA 18 teaser featuring him in his PSG home shirt. In FIFA 19, he appears with Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions and Ultimate Edition packs, as well as in the game's 'Hang Loose' goal celebration.

In February 2013, Neymar became the first Brazilian athlete to feature on the cover of Time magazine. Bobby Ghosh contributed an essay titled 'The Next Pelé,' which was headlined 'How Brazilian football sensation Neymar's success explains his country's economy.'

The cover of the Brazilian football magazine Placar, which featured Neymar on a cross, sparked outrage. 'A Crucificaço do Neymar' (Neymar's Crucifixion) was the title, with the subtitle 'the Brazilian ace turns scapegoat in a sport where everyone plays dirty.'

In June 2014, Neymar and supermodel Gisele Bündchen appeared on the front cover of Vogue's Brazilian issue to commemorate the start of the World Cup in Brazil. Neymar joined Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Xavi, and Didier Drogba in FIFA's '11 against Ebola' campaign in November 2014, among a group of elite football players from across the world. FIFA's initiative, dubbed 'Together, We Can Beat Ebola,' was carried out in collaboration with the Confederation of African Football and health specialists, with players holding up eleven messages to raise awareness of the disease and possible treatments.

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Honours and Awards

The 2011 South American Youth Championship was held in Argentina.

2010, 2011, 2012, Chuteira de Ouro

2010-2011 Bola de Prata

2011 Campeonato Brasileiro Série Bola de Ouro 2011's Best Player

Young Player of the Year in World Soccer: 2011 Copa Libertadores 2011 FIFA Club World Cup Most Valuable Player 2011 Bronze Ball

2011 and 2012 South American Footballer of the Year

2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Bronze Shoe: 2013 FIFA World Cup Bronze Boot: 2014 FIFA Puskás Award: 2011 FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Ball: 2011 FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Ball: 2011 FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Ball: 2011 FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Ball: 2011 FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Ball: 2011 FIFA Confederations Cup

Samba 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2020 are the years for gold.

2014–15 Best World Player in La Liga

World's Best Playmaker (IFFHS) 2017 Bronze Award

4th position in the IFFHS World's Best Man Player of the Decade 2011–2020.

Neymar with awards