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Neymar da Silva Santos Junior is a Brazilian Forward and a professional footballer. He plays for the French-club Paris Saint-Germain. He became part of the world's most expensive transfer when he got transferred from Spanish club Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a transfer amount of 222 million Euros. Neymar was the captain of Brazilian football team when it won its first gold medal at the 2016 Olympics. He is often compared with Football legend Pele.
 Neymar is a Brazilian Star Footballer

Childhood

Neymar was born in Sao Paulo to former footballer Neymar Santos, Sr. and mother Nadine da Silva. Neymar is often called Neymar Jr., after his father. Neymar's father encouraged him to play Football on a professional level. Neymar joined a local Brazilian club Associacao Atletica Portuguesa, in Santos. He later joined the Santos FC. By the age of 16, Neymar started earning 125,000 reais (equivalent to 38000 US Dollars) per month.

Early Career

Neymar scored five goals in the qualifying rounds of Brazilian Cup in 2010 and in Campeonato Paulista, the same year, he scored 14 goals in 19 games. West Ham United and Chelsea, leading EPL (English Premier League) clubs, offered prices of 12 million British pounds and 20 million British Pounds for Neymar, but Neymar's club declined the offers. During 2011 Copa Libertadores Finals against Peñarol, Neymar scored a winning goal and 6 goals in all the legs. Neymar was titled Man of the Match for his performance in the second leg. In the Series A match of the Brazilian Championship in 2011, Neymar was given FIFA Puskas Award for his goal against Flamengo. Neymar was given 'South American Footballer of the Year' award in 2011.

Barcelona

Neymar was transferred to Spanish grand Football club Barcelona in May 2013, for a reported transfer fees of 57.1 million Euros. Neymar scored his first goal in August of the same year, against Thailand XI. In the first leg of Supercopa de España against Atlético Madrid, he was called in to substitute Pedro. He scored a goal and help Barcelona draw the match with score of 1-1. He scored another goal during the La Liga tournament against Real Sociedad and one goal and an assist against Read Madrid, during a rival match. During the 2014-15 season of La Liga, Neymar scored plenty of goals, including a hat-trick against Granada and single goals against Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid in subsequent matches. During the last leg of the Champions League semi-finals, Neymar scored again against Bayern Munich, during the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final. During 2015 UEFA Champions League Finals, He tried his best to help qualify his team with his two goals, but Barcelona lost to Allianz Arena with a score of 2 against 3. Neymar scored his 100th goal for Barcelona on 2 April 2017, against Granada.

Paris Saint-Germain

Neymar was transferred from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, with a deal of 222 million Euros it became the most expensive transfer ever. Neymar has signed a contract that makes him liable to play for the club till 2022. Neymar played his first match representing the new club, on 13 August and scored a goal on the day of debut. He scored two more goals against Toulouse in the next match. Then he scored two more goals in the group stage matches of 2017–18 UEFA Champions League.

Brazilian National Team

In July 2010, Neymar was selected for Brazilian senior national team for the first time. On 10 August 2010, he made his first appearance, in a friendly match against USA. He was wearing 11 number jersey. Neymar scored a goal on his debut.

London Olympics

Neymar was part of the football team for London Olympics of 2012. Neymar scored his first goal against Egypt and then scored another during a quarter final match against Honduras. He scored his first hat-trick in the match against China.

World Cup 2014

In a match against Panama, Neymar scored one goal and made two assists and helped win the team with a score of 4-0. He was issued a yellow card for elbowing Luka Modric in a match against Croatia. During a penalty shoot-out against Chile, Neymar scored the winning goal. Neymar suffered an injury in the hands of Colombian footballer Juan Camilo Zuniga during the quarter-finals. A fractured vertebra in the spine stopped Neymar from playing in any of the remaining matches.
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2016 Rio Olympics

The 2016 summer Olympics were played on Brazilian soil and Neymar captained his team for a part of the tournament. In a match against Colombia, Brazilian team scored 2 goals against Colombia's none. Neymar scored the first goal. During the final match against Germany, Neymar scored the winning penalty goal and Brazil won its first Olympic gold in Football.

Trademark

Neymar is said to have excellent dribbling skills and could play as a striker, winger or even a midfielder. He is able to use both his feet for scoring.
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Personal Life

Neymar was dating Carolina Dantas and has a son with her. He has a sister named Rafaella Beckran and shares a close relationship with her. Neymar donates a part of his income to charity, every year, in order to provide food for the less fortune ones.
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Honors
➯ Neymar was named World Soccer Young Player of the Year in 2011.
➯ Neymar was named Most Valuable Player during Copa Libertadores de América competition in 2011.
➯ Neymar was given the Golden Ball award during the FIFA Club World Cup 2011.
➯ Neymar was named South American Footballer of the Year for two consecutive years for 2011 and 2012.
➯ Neymar was the top scorer during the UEFA Champions League 2014-15.
➯ During the FIFA Club World Cup 2015, he was the top assist provider.
Trivia
➯ Neymar da Silva Santos Junior is a Brazilian Forward and a professional footballer.
➯ Neymar's father Neymar Santos, Sr. was also a footballer.
➯ Neymar joined a local club Associacao Atletica Portuguesa.
➯ Neymar later joined the Santos FC and stayed with it for many years.
➯ Neymar was transferred to Barcelona for a transfer amount of 57.1 million Euros.
➯ The most expensive transfer involved Neymar, when he was transferred to Paris Saint-Germain for a transfer amount of 222 million Euros.
➯ During 2016 Olympics, in the final match against Germany, Neymar scored the winning penalty goal.
➯ Neymar has a son with girlfriend Carolina Dantas.
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