First name : Neymar
Last name : da Silva Santos Junior
Nationality : Brazil
Date of birth :5 February 1992
Country of birth :Brazil
Place of birth :Mogi das Cruzes
Height :174 cm
Weight :60 kg
Foot : Right
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior (born 5 February 1992 in Mogi das Cruzes), commonly known simply as Neymar, is a Brazilian footballer who currently plays as a striker for Santos and the Brazilian national football team.
Neymar joined Santos in 2003 and eventually made his first-team debut six years later aged 17 on 7 March 2009 in a 2–1 win against Oeste. He made another appearance the following week against Mogi Mirim, during which he scored his first goal for Santos. On 11 April, in the 2009 Campeonato Paulista semi-final first leg against Palmeiras, Neymar scored the decisive goal in a 2–1 win at Estádio Vila Belmiro. In the final however Santos suffered a 4–2 aggregate defeat to Corinthians.
On 15 April 2010, Neymar scored six goals for Santos in an 8–1 routing of Guarani in the round of 16 of the Brazilian Cup. Following the 2010 Campeonato Paulista in which Neymar scored 14 goals in 19 games, the club were crowned champions after a 5–5 aggregate win over Santo André in the finals. Neymar was subsequently given the award for the best player in the competition.
Neymar’s performances for Santos have drawn comparisons to Brazilian idols such as Robinho and Pelé. In June 2010, Santos rejected a £12 million bid from English Premier League team West Ham United for his services. Neymar has also attracted interest from clubs such as Manchester United,AC Milan, Internazionale, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Juventus, with Real Madrid even going so far as to claim that they had signed a pre contract agreement with Neymar’s agent, Renato Rodrigues, which Santos fervently denied.Following this, Santos placed a €30 million price tag on the player’s head, and tied Neymar down to a new contract lasting until December 2014.Neymar himself said he did not think it was time to leave Santos, and that he was entirely focused on his current club,However, Renato Rodrigues insisted that the Santos striker does not want to stay in his home country of Brazil.
On 30 November 2010, Santos sold 5% interests on future transfer fees received to an investment group, Terceira Estrela Investimentos S.A. (TEISA), for R$ 3,549,900 (€1.5 million). DIS Group (subsidiary of Sonda Group, a Brazil supermarket chain), investment partner of Santos in recent years, bought 40% sporting rights from Neymar’s family in 2009.
Copa do Brasil : 2010
Campeonato Paulista : 2010, 2011
Copa Libertadores : 2011
South American Youth Championship : 2011
Best Young Player of Campeonato Paulista : 2009
Best Forward of Campeonato Paulista (2): 2010, 2011
Best player of Campeonato Paulista (2): 2010, 2011
Prêmio Craque do Brasileirão Championship Squad (1): 2010
Prêmio Prêmio Arthur Friedenreich : 2010
Silver Ball : 2010 – Best Forward in Brazilian League by magazine Placar
Golden Boot : 2010 – Most goals in all competition in Brazil
Copa do Brasil Top scorer : 2010
South American Youth Championship Top scorer : 2011
Following Neymar’s performances for Brazil’s U-17 team at the 2009 U-17 World Cup in which he scored a goal in the opening match against Japan former Brazilian football players Pelé and Romário reportedly urged coach Dunga to take Neymar to the 2010 World Cup.Although the widespread opinion that Neymar deserved a place in Dunga’s squad went as far as a 14,000 signature petition,and despite the huge pressure on Dunga to pick Neymar,he was omitted from both the squad of 23,and the stand-by list. Although Dunga described Neymar as “extremely talented”, he claimed that he had not been tested sufficiently on the international level to earn a World Cup spot and he had failed to impress enough while on international duty.
On 26 July 2010, Neymar was selected in the squad for the Brazil team by new head coach Mano Menezes for a friendly match against the USA on 10 August 2010. He started the game and wore the number 11 jersey. He scored on his debut after 28 minutes, a header coming from an André Santos cross in a 2–0 win for Brazil.
Neymar celebrates a goal for Brazil against Scotland in March 2011 with Andre Santos and Ramires
On 27 March 2011, he scored twice in a 2–0 win against Scotland at the Emirates Stadium.During the match against Scotland, a banana was thrown onto the pitch after a penalty was taken, which Neymar claimed was an act of racism from a Scottish fan.However a German student later admitted to throwing the banana. This led to the Scottish Football Association asking the Brazilian Football Confederation for an apology for the accusations made to the Scottish fans.
He is considered as the future of Brazilian football and is being chased by clubs all across Europe including Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester United, Inter Milan, Juventus and many more.
Following this, Santos placed an asking price of €30 million on the player’s head, and tied Neymar down to a new contract lasting until December 2014.
Neymar himself said he did not think it was time to leave Santos, and that he was only focused on the club.
Neymar’s performances for Santos have drawn comparisons to Brazilian idols such as Robinho and Pelé.
Neymar is known to be a lover of the beautiful game and begun his youth career in 2003 at the tender age of 11.
The talented youngster joined Santos and began training in the youth set up developing his skills and technical abilities.
He he patiently waited and trained in the youth set up before being promoted to the Santos senior squad in 2007.
This was a dream come true for Neymar as all his hard work and dedication has finally paid off.
Neymar went on to make his debut aged 17 against local rivals Oeste on 7 March 2009 in a 2–1 win.
Neymar didn’t take long to settle down and the young striker scored his first ever goal for Santos in his next appearance against Mogi Mirim a week later.
On 11 April 2009, in the 2009 Campeonato Paulista semi-final first leg against Palmeiras, Neymar scored the decisive goal in a 2–1 win at Estádio Vila Belmiro.
Neymar however could not help Santos win the final as his side suffered a 4–2 aggregate loss to Corinthians. The Brazilian youngster then went on to make a total of 112 appearances for Santos and scored a total of 57 goals in all competition.
On 15 April 2010, Neymar scored five goals for Santos in an 8–1 routing of Guarani in the round of 16 of the Brazilian Cup.
Following the 2010 Campeonato Paulista in which Neymar scored 14 goals in 19 games, the club were crowned champions after a 5–5 aggregate win over Santo André in the finals.
Neymar was subsequently given the award for the best player in the competition.
Neymar began representing Brazil in U-17 squad where he made three appearances scoring one goal.
In 2011, the striker was moved up to the Brazil U-20 squad where he scored 7 goals in 6 appearances.
Following his impressive performances for the Brazilian youth side, Neymar was tipped to be included in the Brazil squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Brazilian football legends such as Pele and Romario even went to the extent of urging coach Dunga to take Neymar to the 2010 World Cup but this was not to be as the youngster was left out due to his inexperience in the international level.
However this disappointment did not last long as Neymar was selected in the squad for the Brazil team by new head coach Mano Menezes for a friendly match against the USA on 10 August 2010.
The Santos starlet started the game and wore the number 11 jersey.
He then made his mark in the international stage when he scored on his debut after 28 minutes, a header coming from an André Santos cross in a 2–0 win for Brazil.
Neymar has been often compared to Brazilian greats such as Pele and Robinho.
The young striker is well known for his pace and dribbling ability which often leaves defenders chasing his shadows.
Neymar is also known for his flamboyant style and Brazilian flair.
Neymar is also a two-footed player and has the ability to finish with either foot.