Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior

A young Brazilian star, who Pelé predicts will one day eclipse him

Official portrait of Neymar da Silva Santos Junior wearing a Red Bull-branded shirt.
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Hi, my name is Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior. My discipline is football. I was born on 5 February 1992 in Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo, Brazil.

Bio

By the age of ten, Neymar da Silva Santos Junior was already considered a rising star of the football world. Inspired by his father, Neymar has become a national hero and, at the age of 21, he still has his best professional years ahead of him.

His unforgettable performances on the pitch have earned him the adoration of the Brazilian fans - scoring within 28 minutes on his debut match for the national team did much to cement his place among the greats.

He is often compared to legends Robinho and Pelé and, as such, he has attracted some very generous bids from many European teams. One such offer Neymar couldn’t refuse came from FC Barcelona, where he now plays alongside Lionel Messi and company following his participation in the 2013 Confederations Cup.

The young player started his career with the São Paulo-based club Santos in 2003, having been promoted to the first team aged 17. His debut match was in March 2009 against Oeste and the following week he scored his first goal with the team against Mogi Mirim.

Neymar is credited with helping to reinvigorate the Brazilian nation’s passion for the sport through his creativity and spontaneous style on the pitch. In August 2010, he made his international debut for Brazil against the USA. He scored his first goal 28 minutes into the match and secured a 1-0 victory for the team.

An icon-in-the-making, Neymar will be a key player in the 2014 World Cup in his home country of Brazil – a place where his enchanting presence continues to inspire fans young and old.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2013
    1. Rey del Fútbol de América Award - El País Magazine

  2. 2013
    1. Best Player - Confederations Cup

    2. Best Player of Campeonato Paulista

  3. 2012
    1. 2nd Place: Olympic Games - Football (Team)

      London, UK

    2. South American Footballer of the Year

    3. Bola de Prata Hors Concours Award

  4. 2011
    1. Bola de Ouro Award

    2. Adidas Bronze Ball Award

      Third Best Player of the FIFA World Cup