Neymar Santos Jr.
Neymar da Silva Santos Junior is a professional Football player from Brazil who was born on February 5, 1922 in Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil. Football is in his blood being the son of a former professional football player. He started showing off his skills since he was a kid while playing Futsal and street football and developed it when he was older.
Santos Football Club
At the age of 11, Neymar’s family moved to Santos, Brazil where he joined Santos Football Club. He spent his next 10 years of football career playing as a forward under the Santos FC. Santos is where his Football skills were enhanced and putted into use.
Keeping Neymar at Santos
Neymar’s overwhelming skills has attracted a lot of team who offered him to play for them. Neymar traveled to Madrid when he was 14, there he passed all the qualifications and was quickly accepted for the Football Club. However, Santos paid 1 million Euros to his father in order to keep Neymar playing for them.
After years of playing with the Brazilian Football Club, Neymar left his team with tears and joined Futbol Club Barcelona. He was inspired to join Barcelona from their defeat in the Santos-Barcelona match which was scored 4-0 in favor of Barcelona. FC Barcelona is home for many Spanish international players which creates a very strong line for their roster with the addition of Neymar. FC Barcelona bought Neymar for 57 million euros for a 5-year contract; making him the 6th most expensive for Barcelona.
On Neymar’s transfer on Barcelona FC, he signed a 5-year contract which allows him to generate a net income of 7 million Euros per year, including the taxes of up to 52% on his salary. His contract also includes commission for his father, Neymar Santos Sr., which is worth 40 million Euros. This profit made him in the list of one of the highest paid Football Player in the world.
Time Magazine Cover
Neymar is the only Brazilian Football player and the only Brazilian athlete which was featured in the cover of Time Magazine. This literally means Neymar has earned its popularity because of his skills under the field of Football.
Most Marketable Athlete
From the year 2012 to 2013, SportsPro magazine introduced Neymar as the world’s most marketable athlete. Included in this list was the likes of another Football player, Lionel Messi; the fastest runner, Usain Bolt; and the racer, Louis Hamilton.
Neymar’s First Child
Neymar had his first baby at the age of 19 while his partner at 17. The mother of his baby was known to be his former girlfriend, Carolina Nogueira Dantas, which was not introduced at the public at first to protect their privacy. Their baby boy was born on August 24, 2011 in the hospital in Sao Luiz, Sao Paulo. Neymar and Carolina agreed to name their child as David Lucca da Silva Santos.
The 100th Goal
On his 20th birthday, Neymar scored his 100th professional goal in Brazil’s 100th World Cup match. Neymar’s hundredth goal was from his 1st goal in their match against Cameroon. His goals against Cameroon earned his way through the 6th spot of one of the greatest Brazilian football player.
World Cup Injury
In Barcelona’s match against Colombia for the World Cup’s quarterfinal match, Neymar was kneed on the back causing him to fracture a bone. This hit was from Colombia’s defender, Juan Zuniga, who was not penalized for his actions. Neymar was immediately carried out of the filled and missing all the remaining matches in the tournament.