Neymar: Brazil’s Misunderstood Genius Or Its Biggest Selfish Brat?

Neymar: Brazil’s Misunderstood Genius Or Its Biggest Selfish Brat?

Neymar, otherwise called Neymar Jr, is a professional Brazilian footballer currently playing for Paris Saint-Germain, a French professional football club.

In addition, he is also playing for the national team of Brazil. Neymar is currently considered to be among the best footballers in the whole world.

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Neymar made a name for himself thanks to his incredible skills in pacing, finishing, dribbling, and playing with both feet.

He is known for his good looks as well as the ability to outplay the defense line of his opponents. As a result, he is among the most popular athletes in the world.

With his incredible transfer contract from Barcelona to PSG costing 222 million Euros, he is the current most expensive player.

However, while many fans of football have heard of his name, most of them do not know much about him. Of course, they have also heard of his antics on the field.

Thus, I want to introduce you properly to this incredible player through this simple biography.

Neymar’s Early Life

With his full name of Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, Neymar was born in São Paulo. His father is Neymar Santos Sr. and his mother is Nadine da Silva.

The baby got his name from his father, a former professional footballer. Later in life when his talent began to show, it was also his father guiding Neymar through the first steps.

In the growing-up process, Neymar displayed a love for street football, futsal, and traditional football. This is when he started showing the glimpses of what his talents could be.

It was not long before the young boy started to garner attention for the incredible talent he possesses. Thus, it was only natural that Santos FC offered Neymar a contract back in 2003 to their youth academy.

Then, they saw his growth and decided to have him in the starting lineup of the club. That was when Neymar started to follow the footsteps of previous legends like Robinho, Pepe, and Pele.

He got nicknamed Peixe due to his incredible footwork and dribbles. This was the main reason why he was handpicked by Real Madrid to join their youth team at age 14.

However, he refused this generous offer and chose to stay with Santos after the club offered a big bonus.

Debut And Successes

In spite of being only 17 years of age, Neymar was able to make an official debut in professional stages. In a match against Oeste, he was brought into the field in the last thirty minutes. This match ended as a 2-1 win for Neymar’s team.

In the following week, Neymar made his first ever professional score for Santos in their match with Mogi Mirim. Throughout this first season, Neymar continued showing his immense potential, ending with 14 goals after a total of 48 games.

He successfully lived up to the hype around himself and earned his league’s Best Young Player award.

Afterward, he began to show that he was not just some young and promising talent. Instead, he was a full-blown superstar with the plays he performed in 2010. He helped his team Santos claim the league’s championship.

Then, he started an incredible campaign that ended in three successive scoring titles. In addition, he also won four successive Player of The Year.

It was also this season that Neymar made the official debut on Brazil’s national team. He rocked a haircut in the Mohawk style which quickly became a fan-favorite among the younger generations.

2011 continued to be a great year for him, as he produced what The FIFA would crown Goal of The Year. With this goal, the flashy forward also led Santos to win the first ever Copa Libertadores championship in 48 years.

However, not all things are rainbow and sunshine, as Neymar started to see the backlash of being famous. During the Copa America 2011 tournament, Brazil lost the quarterfinal match and Neymar was criticized for his play.

In addition to that, he also produced a child without wedlock, which was really unacceptable for Brazilians. Thus, criticizing only got worse in the following days.

On his 20-year-old birthday in 2012, Neymar made the 100th goal of his professional career. This was also the year he had the most goals in the entire career with 43 in total.

With his performance, Santos was able to win a successive third league championship. However, troubles do not seem to stay away from Neymar, as he was once again under heavy criticism. This time, it was about his performance costing Brazil their Summer Olympic 2012 gold medal.

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Barcelona and Peaking

May 2013, after months of speculation, Neymar finally and officially announced his move to Europe with the contract with FC Barcelona. It is in this club that he would become a teammate with superstars like Lionel Messi.

After his transfer, Neymar started to show his talents again, helping Barcelona reaching higher and higher peaks.

June 6, 2015, Neymar made the closing goal for the 3-1 win over Italian team Juventus for Barcelona’s fifth Champion League title. He also became the eight footballers in history to get both UEFA Champions League and Copa Libertadores. In addition, he is the first ever footballer to score in both wins.

Move to PSG

On August 3, 2017, Barcelona officially stated that the representatives of Neymar had made a €222 million payment to them. This is the amount required in Neymar’s release clause.

Thus, with this move, Neymar became the single most expensive player in history. The unusual thing about this is the fact that the fee was directly paid even after La Liga refusing it.

Afterward, Barcelona went on to file a lawsuit against Neymar with the demand that he would have to return the contract renew bonus.

Neymar officially made his debut to PSG in a 3-0 victory against Guingamp. Following this, he continued to perform in line with expectation and bring them the ’18-’19 Ligue 1 cup.

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