Neymar: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Neymar, the Brazilian football player.

  • Neymar’s full name is Neymar da Silva Santos Junior
  • He was born on 5th February 1992 in Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil.
  • He is 5′ 9″ tall (about 1.75 metres).
  • As a youth, he played for Portuguesa Santista and Santos FC.
  • On 7th March 2009 he made his full professional debut for Santos FC. He was only 17 years old. He went on to score 14 goals in his first season.
  • In 2010, Neymar scored five goals in a victory against Guarani in the Brazilian Cup.
  • He scored 42 goals in 60 games during the 2010 season.
  • In 2011 he won the South American Footballer of the Year award for the first time. He retained the award in 2012, after scoring 43 goals in 47 appearances.
  • Neymar joined FC Barcelona on 27th May 2013. The transfer fee was £48.6 million.
  • He made his first appearance for the Brazil national side on 10th August 2010 in a friendly against the United States. He scored after 28 minutes.
  • In 2012 he scored a hat-trick for Brazil in a friendly against China.
  • He has scored more than 20 international goals.
  • Neymar can play as a forward, a winger or as a creative midfielder.
  • His footballing idols are Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Andres Iniesta and Xavi.
  • The great Brazilian forward, Pele, is of the opinion that Neymar is a better player than Lionel Messi.

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