A Brazilian footballer Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior plays as a forward for Barcelona. He was born on 5 February 1992 in Mogi das Cruzes.
Neymar started out in the youth team of Santos, where he was immediately deemed as a future star player. He entered the academy in 1999 and caught an attention of the coaching staff at once. The footballer’s considered to be a clever player who displays nice touches, has an eye for goal and give a shot power. For ten years, the forward went through all the “ranks” in the Santos youth system, until he was ready to perform at the higher level. In 2009, the head coach selected Neymar for the first squad. Despite the absence of playing experience at professional level, the young forward was quick to establish himself as a self-confident footballer able to perform as one of playmakers. These qualities made Neymar a desirable player for powerful European clubs to have at their disposal. Despite the huge amount of proposals to buy Neymar’s contract out, the club’s management refused them all. Santos preferred to keep him at the club.
After grabbing a pro contract in 2009, Neymar started seeing first team daylight soon, becoming an essential player in the squad. He also got the taste of trophy-winning, being repeatedly voted the best player and the top scorer of the club. He’d racked up more than 50 goals for the Brazilian side.
After years of speculation on his future Neymar finally joined Barcelona in May 2013 for an undisclosed fee.
His international debut happened in 2009, when the forward took part in 3 games for the Brazil U-17 team. The 2010/2011 season was lined with 7 appearances made and 9 goals netted for the U-20 squad. In 2010, Neymar was granted his debut for the Brazil senior squad. He had a lot of successful runs with his national side, appearing more than 20 times and amassing more than 15 goals.
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