Neymar da Silva Santos Junior (Brazilian Portuguese), commonly known as Neymar Jr. or simply Neymar, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint Germain and Brazil national team. He is widely considered, one of the best players in the world.
Neymar came into prominence at Santos, where he made his professional debut aged 17. He helped the club win two successive Campeonato Paulista championships, a Copa do Brasil and 2011 Copa Libertadores; the latter being Santos’ first since 1963. Neymar was twice named the South American Footballer of the Year, in 2011 and 2012, and soon relocated to Europe to join Barcelona. As part of Barca’s attacking trio with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, he won the continental treble of La Liga, the Copa del Rey, and the UEFA Champions League, and finished third for the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2015 for his performances. He then attained a domestic double in the 2015-16 season. In 2017, Neymar transferred from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in a move worth 222 million Euros, making him the most expensive player ever. In France, Neymar won three league titles, a Coupe de France, and a Coupe de la Ligue, which included a domestic treble and being voted Ligue 1 Player of the Year, in his debut season.
Neymar’s second season with PSG was injury-riddled and marked by controversies.
With 61 goals in 101 matches for Brazil since debuting at age 18, Neymar is the third-highest goalscorer for his national team, trailing only Pele’ and Ronaldo. He was a key player in Brazil’s victories at the 2011 South American Youth Championship, where he finished as the leading goalscorer, and the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, where he won the Golden Ball as a player of the tournament. His participation in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2015 Copa America was cut short by injury and a suspension, respectively, but, the following year, he captained Brazil to their first Olympic gold medal in men’s football at 2016 Summer Olympics, and two years later, featured at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Off the pitch, Neymar ranks among the world’s most prominent sportsmen; SporthsPro named him the most marketable athlete in the world’s fourth-most famous athlete in 2016. In 2017, Neymar was included by ‘Time’ in its list of the 100 most influential people in the world. By 2018, France Football ranked Neymar the world’s third highest-paid footballer, and in 2019, Forbes ranked him the world’s third highest-paid athlete.