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Neymar Jr.
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar or Neymar Jr., is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona in La Liga and the Brazilian national team as a forward.

Born: February 5, 1992 (age 22), Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo, Brazil
Neymars height is 5'9 .

Parents: Nadine Santos, Neymar da Silva Sr
Siblings: Rafaella Beckran

At the age of 19, Neymar won the 2011 South American Footballer of the Year award, after coming third in 2010.He followed this up by winning it again in 2012. In 2011 Neymar received nominations for the FIFA Ballon d'Or, where he came 10th, and the FIFA Puskás Award for Goal of the Year, which he won.He is known for his acceleration, speed, dribbling, finishing and ability with both feet. His playing style has earned him critical acclaim, with fans, media and former players drawing comparison to former Brazil forward Pelé, who has called Neymar "an excellent player", while Ronaldinho has stated "he will be the best in the world".
Neymar joined Santos in 2003 and, after rising through the ranks, was promoted to their first team squad. He made his debut for Santos in 2009 and was voted the Best Young Player of the 2009 Campeonato Paulista. Further awards followed, with Neymar being voted best player as Santos won the 2010 Campeonato Paulista, and also being top scorer in the 2010 Copa do Brasil with 11 goals. He finished the 2010 season with 42 goals in 60 games
Neymar has represented Brazil at Under-17, Under-20 and senior levels. On 10 August 2010, at the age of 18, he made his debut for the Seleção in a friendly match against the United States; he scored from a header in the 28th minute, contributing to Brazil's 2–0 win. Neymar was the top scorer of the 2011 South American Youth Championship with nine goals, including two in the final, in the 6–0 win against Uruguay, helping Brazil to win their eleventh title in the competition. Neymar was selected as part of Luiz Felipe Scolari's Brazil squad for the 2013 Confederations Cup on home soil. For the tournament he was assigned the iconic number 10 shirt. On 30 June, Neymar scored Brazil's second goal in the 3–0 final win over Spain. Neymar's performances saw him awarded the golden ball for the best player of the tournament.[9] With 35 goals in 52 matches for Brazil, he is the sixth highest goalscorer for his national team.[10] In 2012 and 2013, SportsPro named him the most marketable athlete in the world.[11] In December 2013, Neymar was ranked by The Guardian as the sixth best player in the world.[12]
Early Life
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior was born in Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo, to Neymar da Silva, Sr. and Nadine Santos. He inherited his name from his father, who is a former footballer and became his son's advisor as Neymar's talents began to grow.[13] Neymar comments on his father's role "My father has been by my side since I was little. He takes care of things, my finances and my family."[14] Growing up, Neymar combined his love of futsal with street football.[15]
In 2003, Neymar moved with his family to São Vicente, where he began playing for youth side Portuguesa Santista.[16] Then, later in 2003, they moved to Santos, where Neymar joined Santos FC.[17] With the success of his youth career and added income, the family bought their first property, a house next to the Vila Belmiro. Their quality of family life improved, as at age 15, Neymar was earning 10,000 reais per month and at 16, 125,000 reais per month. At 17, he signed a full professional contract, getting upgraded to the Santos first team and even receiving sponsorships.[18]
Neymar began playing football at an early age and he was soon spotted by Santos FC, who offered him a contract in 2003, where he was inducted into their youth academy, which has, in the past, produced Brazilian internationals like Coutinho, Clodoaldo, Diego, Elano and Alex. He also joined the likes of Pepe, Pelé and Robinho in starting out his career at Peixe (the football club's nickname).[19] While in the youth academy, Neymar met Paulo Henrique Ganso, becoming good friends in the process. He has one sister that did not play football. Aged 14, Neymar travelled to Spain to join the Real Madrid youth team, at the time when Real had stars like Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Roberto Carlos and Robinho.[20]
2009 season
Neymar made his professional debut on 7 March 2009, despite being only 17 years old; he was brought on for the last thirty minutes, in a 2–1 win against Oeste.[15] The following week he scored his first goal for Santos against Mogi Mirim. One month later, on 11 April, Neymar scored the decisive goal in a 2–1 win against Palmeiras in the 2009 Campeonato Paulista semi-final first leg.[21] In the final, however, Santos suffered a 4–2 aggregate defeat to the Corinthians.[22] In his first season, Neymar racked up 14 goals in 48 games.[15]
Transfer investigation
The prosecutor's office in Madrid is investigating the transfer fee that Barcelona paid for Neymar.[70] The documents submitted to the authorities on request contained contradictory information.[70] The reported transfer fee was €57 million,[70] but €40 million "supposedly...flowed to a company which is close to Neymar family."[70] This is what "justifies an investigation into whether the allegations are true."[70] Barcelona president Sandro Rosell is accused of being "in connection with the transfer of embezzlement."[70]
2013–14 season
On 30 July 2013, Barcelona drew 2–2 against Lechia Gdańsk in a preseason friendly; this was Neymar's unofficial debut when he came on as a substitute.[71] He scored his first goal for the club in a 7–1 win against a Thailand XI on 7 August.[72]
Neymar made his competitive debut for Barcelona during the opening game of the 2013–14 La Liga season as a 63rd minute substitute in a 7–0 win against Levante UD.[73] On 21 August, he scored his first competitive goal for the club in the first leg of the 2013 Supercopa de España against Atlético Madrid.[74] On 18 September, he made his UEFA Champions League debut, assisting a Gerard Piqué goal as Barça beat AFC Ajax 4–0 in their opening match of the 2013–14 tournament.[75]
On 24 September, Neymar scored his first goal in La Liga in Barça's 4–1 defeat of Real Sociedad at Camp Nou.[76] On 26 October he made his first El Clásico appearance, scoring the opening goal and assisting the team's winning goal scored by Alexis Sánchez as Barça beat Real Madrid 2–1 at Camp Nou.[77][77] On 11 December, Neymar recorded his first three Champions League goals as he scored a hat-trick in a 6–1 win over Celtic in Barça's final Group H match.[78]
2014 World Cup

Neymar prepares to take a free kick during Brazil's opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup against Croatia.
On 5 March 2014, Neymar scored a hat-trick in a friendly win against South Africa in Johannesburg. He made headlines for his conduct after the final whistle when a young South African boy ran onto the pitch. As security staff began to escort the boy from the field, Neymar intervened and introduced him to his Brazil team-mates before they all lifted him in the air during their celebrations.
On 2 June, Neymar was named in Brazil's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Going into the tournament, as the team's star player, Neymar was the man expected to win Brazil its sixth World Cup on home soil One week prior to the team's opening match, Neymar scored once and made two assists in a 4–0 friendly win over Panama.

Neymar earned his 50th international cap in the opening match of the tournament, on 12 June against Croatia in São Paulo. In the 26th minute, with Croatia leading 1–0, Neymar elbowed Croatian midfielder Luka Modrić, after which Neymar was issued a yellow card. Many critics agreed that Neymar's punishment was too lenient and that he should have been issued a red card.He equalised before
half-time with a shot from outside the box and gave Brazil the lead in the second half with a penalty kick, following a controversial decision by the referee, in an eventual 3–1 win.[120] In the third group match, he again scored twice as the Seleção defeated Cameroon 4–1 to reach the knockout stage.[121] In the round of 16 against Chile, the match finished 1–1 after 120 minutes and was decided by a penalty shoot-out with Neymar scoring what proved to be the winning kick for Brazil.[122]
In the quarter-final defeat of Colombia, while challenging for the ball, Neymar was kneed in the back by Juan Camilo Zúñiga and had to be removed from the pitch on a stretcher. A hospital scan revealed that Neymar had fractured a vertebra in his spine and he was to miss the rest of the World Cup.
Earlier in the match, Neymar assisted Thiago Silva's opening goal with a cross from a corner kick. It was the second time in the tournament that a Neymar corner had led to a goal for Brazil, after his cross created David Luiz's goal in the previous round against Chile.

On 11 July, Neymar was named on the 10-man shortlist for FIFA's Golden Ball award for the tournament's best player. He won the Bronze Boot as the tournament's third top goalscorer and was named in the World Cup All Star XI.
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