Neymar

Brazilian association football player

Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, known as Neymar or Neymar Jr. (born 5 February 1992) is a professional Brazilian footballer that can play as a left or right Winger or as a Striker. He plays for Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team. He is the most expensive footballer of all time with a transfer fee of 222 million euros from FC Barcelona to PSG in August 2017.

Neymar
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Neymar with Brazil at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior[1]
Date of birth (1992-02-05) 5 February 1992 (age 29)[2]
Place of birth Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil[3]
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[4][5][6]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Paris Saint-Germain
Number 10
Youth career
1999–2003 Portuguesa Santista
2003–2009 Santos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Santos 177 (107)
2013–2017 Barcelona 123 (68)
2017– Paris Saint-Germain 63 (53)
National team
2009 Brazil U17 3 (1)
2011 Brazil U20 7 (9)
2012–2016 Brazil U23 14 (8)
2010– Brazil 103 (64)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 February 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 02:06, 14 October 2020 (UTC)

He has been compared to former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi and also to Cristiano Ronaldo and Pelé, because of his dribbling skills, free-kicks, and goal scoring abilities. However, he has been criticized for diving.

Club careerEdit

Santos FCEdit

Neymar and his family moved to Santos in 2003, where he joined Santos F.C. On 7 March 2009, he made his debut for Santos at 17 years of age. He scored his very first goal against Mogi Mirim, a week after his debut. On 15 April 2010, Neymar scored five goals for Santos, beating Guarani 8-1 in the 2010 Copa do Brasil (Brazilian Cup). The club would then go on to win that year's cup.

In a Copa Libertadores match against Colo-Colo in 2011, Neymar got red carded for wearing a mask in his goal celebration.

FC BarcelonaEdit

In the summer of 2013, Neymar was bought by the Spanish club FC Barcelona for 57 million euros from Santos.[7]

Paris Saint-GermainEdit

In August 2017, he was bought by the French club Paris Saint-Germain for a world record-breaking €222 million, making him the most expensive transfer of all time.[8]

International careerEdit

 
Neymar against Croatia at 2014 FIFA World Cup. He scored two goals in the match

BrazilEdit

After Neymar's performances for Brazil's U-17 team at the 2009 U-17 World Cup, on 26 July 2010, Neymar was selected in the squad for the Brazil national team by new head coach Mano Menezes for a friendly match against USA on 10 August 2010. He scored on his debut, in a 2–0 win for Brazil. On 27 March 2011, he scored twice in a 2–0 win against Scotland at the Emirates Stadium.

Club statisticsEdit

As of match played 10 February 2021.
Club Season League National Cup State League Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Santos 2009 Série A 33 10 3 1 12 3 48 14
2010 Série A 31 17 8 11 19 14 2 0 60 42
2011 Série A 21 13 11 4 13 6 2 1 47 24
2012 Série A 17 14 16 20 12 8 2 1 47 43
2013 Série A 1 0 4 1 18 12 23 13
Total 102 54 15 13 75 53 27 14 4 2 225 136
Barcelona 2013–14 La Liga 26 9 3 1 10 4 2 1 41 15
2014–15 La Liga 33 22 6 7 12 10 51 39
2015–16 La Liga 34 24 5 4 9 3 1 0 49 31
2016–17 La Liga 30 13 6 3 9 4 0 0 45 20
Total 123 68 20 15 40 21 3 1 186 105
Paris Saint-Germain 2017–18 Ligue 1 20 19 1 2 7 6 2 1 30 28
2018–19 Ligue 1 17 15 3 2 6 5 2 1 28 23
2019–20 Ligue 1 15 13 2 2 7 3 3 1 27 19
2020–21 Ligue 1 11 6 1 0 5 6 1 1 18 13
Total 63 53 7 6 25 20 8 4 103 83
Career total 288 175 42 34 75 53 91 56 15 7 514 324
  1. ^ Includes Copa do Brasil, Copa del Rey, Coupe de France
  2. ^ Includes Campeonato Paulista
  3. ^ Appearance(s) in Copa Sudamericana
  4. ^ Jump up to: a b Appearance(s) in Copa Libertadores
  5. ^ Jump up to: a b Appearance(s) in FIFA Club World Cup
  6. ^ Appearance(s) in Recopa Sudamericana
  7. ^ Jump up to: a b c d e f g h Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  8. ^ Appearance(s) in Supercopa de España
  9. ^ Jump up to: a b Appearance(s) in Coupe de la Ligue
  10. ^ One appearance and one goal in Coupe de la Ligue, one appearance in Trophée des Champions
  11. ^ Appearance in Trophée des Champions

International statisticsEdit

As of 14 October 2020
National team Year Competitive Friendly Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brazil 2010 0 0 2 1 2 1
2011 4 2 9 5 13 7
2012 0 0 12 9 12 9
2013 5 4 14 6 19 10
2014 5 4 9 11 14 15
2015 4 1 5 3 9 4
2016 6 4 0 0 6 4
2017 6 2 2 1 8 3
2018 5 2 8 5 13 7
2019 0 0 5 1 5 1
2020 2 3 0 0 2 3
Total 37 22 66 42 103 64
  1. ^ Appearance(s) in Copa América
  2. ^ Appearance(s) in FIFA Confederations Cup
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b Appearance(s) in FIFA World Cup
  4. ^ Two appearances and one goal in Copa América, two appearances in FIFA World Cup qualification
  5. ^ Jump up to: a b c Appearance(s) in FIFA World Cup qualification

AwardsEdit

ClubEdit

SantosEdit

Barcelona[9]Edit

Paris Saint-GermainEdit

BrazilEdit

IndividualEdit

  • South American Footballer of the Year: 2011, 2012
  • FIFA Puskás Award: 2011[10]
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2015
  • La Liga Player of the Month: November 2015
  • UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2014–15, 2019–20[11]

ReferencesEdit


  1. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: List of players: Brazil" (PDF). FIFA. 10 June 2018. p. 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 June 2018. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  2. "Neymar". FC Barcelona. Archived from the original on 12 August 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  3. "Player Profile – Neymar Jr". www.sportycious.com. Archived from the original on 21 January 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  4. "2014 FIFA World Cup Squadlists" (PDF). FIFA. Archived from the original on 11 June 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  5. "Neymar". ESPN FC. Archived from the original on 10 February 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  6. "Neymar Jr. Profile" Archived 24 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine. FC Barcelona.com. Retrieved 9 May 2014
  7. "Neymar: Barcelona complete £49m signing of Brazil striker". BBC Sport. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  8. Laurens, Julien (4 August 2017). "Neymar: how the record-breaking €222m move to PSG unfolded". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  9. "Neymar Honours". FCBarcelona.com. Archived from the original on 12 August 2017. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  10. "Brazil and Santos star Neymar wins 2011 FIFA Puskas award | Goal.com". www.goal.com. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  11. UEFA.com (28 August 2020). "UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season". Retrieved 2 March 2021.