Brazilian soccer prodigy Neymar lived with his success of FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain to high standards.
Neymar noted his remarkable early soccer skills. He became a star for Santos FC as a teenager and received four consecutive Player of the Year awards before becoming one of the most famous public figures in Brazil.
At the beginning of the 2013-14 season, Neymar leaped to Europe and became a setting for a club that claimed numerous domestic and international titles.
The star forward was moved to France’s Paris Saint-Germain the next year after guiding the Brazilian men to their first Olympic gold medal in 2016.
Early life of Neymar
Neymar da Silva Santos Junior was born in Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil, on 5 February 1992. Neymar Santos Senior’s father was a professional footballer and used to be his mentor. The name of his mother is Nadine da Silva.
He played both street soccer and futsal during his youth. Playing futsal and street soccer with his mates helped him develop his football skills. In 2003, he began to represent the youth ranks of the Santista team of Portuguese and he moved to the town of Sao Vicente.
Neymar joined ‘FC Santos,’ a renowned Brazilian club when he was just 11 years old in 2003. After joining ‘FC Santos,’ he became a good player. At the age of 17, he signed his first senior agreement with ‘FC Santos.’
He joined the Santos FC youth system at the age of 11. News spread to Europe of his skill and he was allowed to continue with Real Madrid C.F. But at the age of 14, the management of the Santos team allegedly persuaded Neymar to remain on a big bonus.
Neymar debuted in 2009 for Santos and lived up to the hype of winning the Best Young Player Award from the Team. He became a full-blown star in 2010, assisting Santos in winning the league and Copa do Brasil on the way to the first of three consecutive score titles and four straight Year Player Awards. He also made his debut for the national senior team that season and debuted a Mohawk-like haircut that soon became famous with young fans.
In 2011, the bright future guided Santos to the first Copa Libertadores Championship in 48 years and the FIFA Goal of the Year was elected. Nevertheless, he also started to feel the backlash of success. Neymar was blamed for his results in the 2011 Brazilian Copa America tournament during the quarter-final defeat and was scolded in the media for having a child wedded out.
On his twentieth birthday in 2012, Neymar scored his 100th goal and completed the year with a career-best total of 43. Though Santos won its third straight league title, the young star was again criticized when Brazil defeated an underdog Mexico team in the 2012 Summer Olympic Gold Medal.
From Santos FC to FC Barcelona
He revealed in May 2013 that he is making a move into Europe by bringing FC Barcelona, a strong club featuring Argentinean superstar Lionel Messi and other national team players.
Shortly thereafter, Wunderkind silenced a part of his detractors by leading Brazil to victory at the 2013 Confederations Cup, demonstrating his willingness to take on greater expectations on the world stage.
2014 World Cup Injury
Neymar’s success shone on his hometown of Brazil during the 2014 World Cup but was cut short before the finals. Minutes before Brazil won their quarter-final match against Colombia on July 4, 2014, the Colombian defender, Juan Zuniga, took Neymar from the field in tears of pain after having ruptured a bone in his back. Brazil’s expectation for the World Cup title was broken by its star player sidelined by losing 7:1 in Germany’s semifinal match.
Overseas Success in Spain
Neymar lived up to his Barcelona billing, bringing another talent for the loaded Spanish team. During the 2014-15 season, it scored an impressive 39 goals to help the club hit the desired triple by winning titles in League, National Cup, and European Cup. One week after Barcelona was championed by the La Liga, he scored a further time to lead the club to another Copa Del Rey title the following year.
2016 Olympics and 2018 World Cup
Neymar also faced the issue of whether he could boost his teammates to glory on the international stage for his brilliance. At the Copa America 2015, he was suspended, effectively cutting off Brazil’s chances of doing long runs. He sat out the tournament the next year to remain safe and comfortable at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The star player has delivered several valuable goals to advance his side, before knocking home the winning kick to give Brazil the first men’s soccer gold medal.
The Brazilians faced high hopes in the 2018 World Cup, but the return of Neymar from a broken foot was eventually inadequate, as a close quarter-final match against Belgium resulted in a 2-1 defeat.
In August 2017, after a controversial move, Neymar started playing for Paris Saint-Germain. His career with the French club started promisingly until he was broken by the foot that came to an end after 30 games his season. The following season, Neymar suffered another foot injury, but he recovered to help his club win the title of the Ligue 1.
Already known for his dramatic work on the pitch, Neymar was burnt for his second season of PSG behavior.
After a defeat in the Champions League against Manchester United in March, He blamed the officials for drawing a three-game suspension for Champions League action.
The next month, after another defeat, Neymar was upset by a fan who insulted PSG players.
At the end of May, as Neymar was training for Copa America in Brazil, a woman accused the soccer star of raping her in a hotel room in Paris.
In maintaining his innocence, Neymar published a collection of private messages and intimate pictures to prove that their relationships were mutual.
Awards & Achievements
In 2011, He was awarded the “World Soccer Young Player of the Year Award.” He also received the “FIFA Puskas Award” for the best goal of the year the same year.
He received the ‘Golden Ball’ for his 2013 FIFA Federations Cup success. After the 2014-15 season, he was named ‘La Liga Best World Player.’
His debut as a teenager for the ‘Santos’ in Brazil has always been a prodigious talent. But his best success as a footballer is his 39 goals in the 2014-15 season, which was tripled to his club “Barcelona.” He also scored 10 goals in the Champions League and emerged as the joint top scorer.
Personal Life & Legacy
Very little is known about Neymar’s private life, but in 2011 he had a boy and a woman named Carolina Dantas. He was not in a serious relationship with her according to the news. Davi Lucca is his son’s name and he lives with Neymar.
At the age of 17, Neymar signed his first big deal with the Santos team from Brazil. This deal paid him 1,7 million dollars annually. One year later, Santos sought to tie Neymar down by extending the deal for a long term of $20 million. Neymar declined the offer because he knew that the competition would not be as strong as in the European leagues in the Brazilian leagues and would keep him from being the world’s best player.
He finally signed a short-term deal with Santos, paying him $4 million annually, thus allowing him to search for new alternatives. In 2013, Neymar signed a deal with Barcelona for $119 million. The mega-deal earned him an estimated annual salary of $15 million. Neymar also received about $16 million a year from approval agreements. From 2013 to 2017, his gross annual income amounted to around $30 million.
On 2 August 2017, He reached an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain, a French club. In conjunction with the contract, Neymar is projected to earn a record $1.02 million a week and an annual salary of about $53 million. In conjunction with his backing, Neymar would gain around $70 million a year. In reality, Neymar made $90 million between June 2017 and June 2018, of which $20 million came from endorsements and $70 million from salaries and bonuses. Between June 2018 and June 2019 he received approximately the same number.
Neymar was listed as the world’s most marketable athlete by SportsPro magazine in May 2013. A large portion of his net worth comes from the multiple endorsements deals with different corporations he has signed. In 2011, he signed an 11-year deal with the Nike sportswear brand. He has faced brand promotional campaigns and has also launched items like the Nike Hypervenom football boot, which was initially released in May 2013.
In 2011, he also signed a 2-year $2.4 million contract with Panasonic electronics company. He has collaborated with other brands including Volkswagen, Tents Pé Barrel, Lupo, Ambev, Claro, Unilever, and Santander.