Neymar, whose full name is Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team. He is considered one of the best players in the world and one of the greatest Brazilian footballers of all time. He is known for his flair, skill and creativity.
Neymar was born on February 5, 1992 in Mogi das Cruzes, a city in São Paulo, Brazil. He started playing football at a young age, joining his local club Portuguesa Santista when he was seven years old. He then moved to Santos, one of the biggest clubs in Brazil, where he joined the youth academy. He showed his talent and potential, attracting the interest of many European clubs.
Neymar made his professional debut for Santos in 2009, when he was 17 years old. He scored 107 goals in 177 games for Santos, helping them win two Campeonato Paulista titles, one Copa do Brasil and one Copa Libertadores. He also won the South American Footballer of the Year award twice, in 2011 and 2012.
Neymar moved to Barcelona in 2013, for a reported fee of €57 million (£48 million), joining forces with Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez to form the famous MSN trio. He scored 68 goals in 123 games for Barcelona, helping them win two La Liga titles, three Copa del Rey titles and one UEFA Champions League title. He also won the FIFA Club World Cup with Barcelona in 2015.
Neymar transferred to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, for a world record fee of €222 million (£198 million), becoming the most expensive player ever. He scored 82 goals in 112 games for Paris Saint-Germain, helping them win five Ligue 1 titles, four Coupe de France titles and three Coupe de la Ligue titles. He also helped Paris Saint-Germain reach their first ever UEFA Champions League final in 2020.
Neymar has also won many individual awards and honors with Paris Saint-Germain, such as being named Ligue 1 Player of the Year twice, Ligue 1 Best Foreign Player twice and Ligue 1 Top Assists once. He has also been named in the FIFA FIFPro World11 four times and the UEFA Team of the Year once.
Neymar made his senior debut for Brazil in 2010, and he has since scored 77 goals in 124 games for his country. He has played in three FIFA World Cup tournaments and three Copa América tournaments. He helped Brazil win the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2013, where he was named the Golden Ball winner. He also helped Brazil win their first Olympic gold medal in men’s football at the 2016 Summer Olympics. He played at the Copa América 2021, where he helped Brazil reach the final but lost to Argentina.
Neymar is widely regarded as one of the most exciting players of his generation and one of the most influential players ever. He is admired for his charisma, passion and style. He has millions of fans and followers around the world who love his football and personality. He is also involved in many charitable and humanitarian causes, such as supporting children’s education and health.