Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior was born on the 5th of February 1992 at Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo, Brazil. He was born to his father, Neymar Santos Sr (a then footballer) and to his mother, Nadine Santos
Rafaella Santos is Neymar’s younger sister born on March 11, 1996.
Neymar followed in his father’s footsteps by playing street games and futsal, an indoor version of the game.
Neymar began playing for Santos youth academy in 2003 when he was 11.
Neymar made his professional debut on 7 March 2009, despite being only 17 years old; he was brought on for the last thirty minutes, in a 2–1 win against Oeste. The following week he scored his first goal for Santos against Mogi Mirim.
Neymar drew attention for his impressive soccer abilities at an early age. He emerged as a star for Santos FC as a teenager, winning four straight Player of the Year awards while becoming one of Brazil’s most popular public figures.
Despite calls for Neymar to be included in the 2010 World Cup squad due to his performances for the U-17 team at the 2009 U-17 World Cup, he was omitted. He, however, made his début for the Brazil Senior team in July, in a friendly match against the United State.
In the 2014 World Cup on home soil, Neymar was expected to lead the Brazilian team to the tournament victory, but that was cut short after he was injured in a quarterfinal match against Colombia. Brazil went on to be knocked out of the tournament.
In the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Neymar was shortlisted as one of the players.
Neymar signed a five-year deal with Barcelona, neither the transfer fee nor the personal terms of the deal were revealed. Neymar was officially unveiled on June 3, 2013, by Barcelona after passing a medical test and signing the contract which was set to keep him at Camp Nou until June 2018.
Neymar had a successful campaign with Barcelona, forging an attacking trio with teammates Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, dubbed “MSN” an acronym for Messi, Suarez and Neymar.
On August 3, 2017, Neymar shocked the world with his 222 million euros transfer to French giants Paris Saint-Germain.
Bola de Ouro (2011); World Soccer Young Player of the Year (2011); FIFA Puskás Award (2012); UEFA Champions League Top Goalscorer (2015); Samba Gold (2017); FIFA FIFPro World XI (2017); Ligue 1 Player of the Year (2018); and more.
“MY SON GIVES ME INSPIRATION”
Neymar had a son, David Lucca, with his former girlfriend Carolina Dantas, 25, on August 24, 2011. He was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Dantas reportedly married Vinicius Martinez on June 1 in what was described as a discreet civil ceremony.
Brazilian soccer player Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior is one of the wealthiest athletes in the world. Neymar’s net worth is estimated to be at least $105 million—around 70% from his salary as the star forward for Paris Saint-Germain, and the rest from endorsements.