“Neymar” da Silva Santos Júnior
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar or Neymar Jr., is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for the Brazil national team. Neymar came into prominence at an early age 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 the 2011 Copa Libertadores, Santos’ first continental title since 1963. Neymar was twice named the South American Footballer of the Year, in 2011 and 2012, before relocating to Europe to join Barcelona. As part of Barça’s attacking trio with Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez, he won the continental treble of La Liga, the Copa del Rey, and the UEFA Champions League in the 2014–15 season, followed the next year by the domestic double. He came third for the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2015. In August 2017, Neymar moved from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in a transaction worth €222 million, making him the world’s most expensive player. With 52 goals in 79 matches for Brazil since debuting at age 18, Neymar is the fourth-highest goalscorer for his national team. He was a key player in Brazil’s victories at the 2011 South American Youth Championship, which he finished as the leading goalscorer, and the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, where he won the Golden Ball as player of the tournament. His participation in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2015 Copa América was cut short by injury and a suspension respectively, but the next year he captained Brazil to their first Olympic gold medal in men’s football at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Known for his dribbling, finishing, and ability with both feet, Neymar has earned comparisons to former Brazil and Santos forward Pelé. Off the pitch, he ranks among the world’s most prominent sportsmen; SportsPro named him the most marketable athlete in the world in 2012 and 2013, and ESPN cited him as the world’s fourth-most famous athlete in 2016.
“Neymar”da Silva Santos Júnior
FIFA Club World Cup “JAPAN 2011”
Santos vs Barcelona
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Neymar primarily plays as either a central striker, second striker, winger or occasionally as an attacking midfielder, and has been described as “a true phenomenon”. He often plays as a left sided forward for both club and country in the team’s 4–3–3 formation, drifting infield, due to his energetic pace and playmaking skills; this position allows him to shoot with his stronger foot, or create chances for teammates. Neymar’s dribbling skills, tricks and playmaking ability are reminiscent of compatriot Ronaldinho. His main traits are his creativity, vision, passing, finishing, dribbling, feints and technique, being described as both “electric” and “explosive”. Although naturally right-footed, he is capable of scoring with both feet, as well as with his head, and is an accurate free-kick and penalty taker. He commented on his attributes saying: “I’m always trying to perfect everything – dribbling, shooting, headers and control. You can always improve”. Neymar stated that he has been inspired by Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Andrés Iniesta, Xavi and Wayne Rooney. Brazilian playmaker Ronaldinho had also tipped Neymar on becoming the best player in the world: “Neymar is young though, and I can’t explain how special he will become. In the next two or three seasons he will become the best player.” Another Brazilian star, retired World Cup winner Ronaldo also believes that Neymar can become the best in the world: “Logically, Messi is better right now but Neymar is a great talent who will show the world that he will be number one”. Former Real Madrid sporting director Jorge Valdano has also praised Neymar, stating: “I like Neymar a lot. Many of his individual actions result in a goal and often it’s a move that only seems to be happening with him on the pitch. However, Neymar also has been known and criticized for his excessive diving when tackled by another player. For which Pelé has told: “He is a player with a body that can’t take a lot of hits. […] A lot of times he will fall because he can’t do anything else, but he was overdoing it.” He continued: “Even when he is fouled, he can’t make a spectacle out of it”.
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The 2011 FIFA Club World Cup (officially known as the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2011 presented by Toyota for sponsorship reasons) was a football tournament that was played from 8 to 18 December 2011. It was the eighth edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, a FIFA-organized tournament between the champion clubs from each of the six continental confederations as well as the league winner from the host nation. After the United Arab Emirates hosted the tournament in 2009 and 2010, hosting rights for the 2011 edition returned to Japan. During a visit to Japan on 23 May 2011, FIFA President Sepp Blatter confirmed that Japan would remain as hosts of the tournament despite the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The tournament was won by Spanish club Barcelona, who defeated Brazilian club Santos 4–0 in the final. On 14 December 2011, Neymar scored the opening goal for Santos as they defeated Kashiwa Reysol 3–1 in the semi-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup at the Toyota Stadium in Toyota, Japan, but failed to score against Barcelona in the final on 18 December 2011, where Santos were defeated 4–0, finishing as runners-up in the competition.
“Neymar is a great player, has a very good attitude, and will go on to be the best player in the world” Xavi Hernandez
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Neymar has signed many sponsorship deals since his reputation rapidly grew from the age of 17. In March 2011, he signed an 11-year contract with American sportswear company Nike. In the same month, Panasonic paid US$2.4 million to secure Neymar’s services for two years. Prior to signing for Barcelona, France Football had ranked Neymar 13th in its list of the world’s richest players in 2012, with total earnings of $18.8 million for the previous 12 months. He has signed other sponsorships from Volkswagen, Tenys Pé Baruel, Lupo, Ambev, Claro, Unilever and Santander. All of his sponsorships have earned him a total of an estimated €20 million per year. On 8 May 2013, Neymar was rated by SportsPro magazine as the most marketable athlete in the world, ahead of Lionel Messi (2nd) and Cristiano Ronaldo (8th). In November 2012 advertising agency Loducca, created Neymar’s own personal brand logo, featuring the N, J and R (Neymar Junior) with the N styled to match Neymar’s shirt number 11. Neymar starred in a 2014 advert for Beats with other global football stars including Thierry Henry and Luis Suárez, with the theme of ‘The Game Before The Game’ and the players pre-game ritual of listening to music.
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Nike have gone all out for their sponsored stars in Copa Libertadores-winning side Santos, as they’ve given each player a pair of swanky custom football boots to wear for the FIFA Club World Cup 2011. The Brazilian outfit were headed to Japan for the FIFA Club World Cup alongside Barcelona to take on the winners of Champions League winners from around the world, including teams from New Zealand, Tunisia, Japan, Qatar and Mexico it should be a great tournament. To make the Santos’ samba-boys trip to the Far East that little bit more special, Nike have whipped up a batch of custom football boots for them to light up the pitch in. Each pair of boots contains both the Brazilian and Japanese flags on the instep, with the players signature customizations in Japanese Kanji embroidered onto the sides of the boot. Neymar opted for a mixed-sole Superfly III in Volt/Retro, and clearly couldn’t be happier with his customization. Footy-boots.com made a very great report about these boots.
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On 24 May 2013, Santos announced that they had received two offers for Neymar. The following day, Neymar announced he would sign with Barcelona on 27 May 2013 and join the team after playing in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. Neither Neymar nor the clubs released details on the transfer fee or personal terms, save to say he signed a five-year deal. On 3 June 2013, Neymar was unveiled by Barcelona after passing medical tests and signing a contract that would keep him at the club through June 2018. Neymar was presented at the Camp Nou in front of 56,500 fans, a record turnout for a Brazilian player. Club vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu initially said Neymar’s transfer fee was €57.1 million and his release clause set at €190 million. Barcelona’s doctor suggested he might need to gain weight to be able to cope physically in Spanish football.
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In January 2014, the prosecutor’s office in Madrid began investigating the transfer fee that Barcelona paid for Neymar. The documents submitted to the authorities on request contained contradictory information. On 23 January 2014, Rosell resigned from his position as president. A day later, the details of the transfer were revealed by Barcelona; the transfer had in fact cost them €86.2 million (£71.5 million), with Neymar’s parents confirmed to have received a €40 million sum. In the aftermath, Barcelona and Bartomeu were charged with tax fraud.
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The media have often drawn comparisons between Neymar and Brazilian legend Pelé, as Neymar possesses similar attributes and also like Pelé came from the Santos Youth Academy and turned heads with his skill. Neymar has said that Pelé is his “role model” but also saying: “I don’t like to make a comparison with Pelé”. On 11 April 2012, during the celebrations for the 100 years of Santos, when asked by journalists about Lionel Messi, Pelé said he felt that Neymar was better: “Now everyone is talking about Messi; he is a star. But [to be the best ever] he must first become better than Neymar,” Pelé said. “At the moment Messi is just more experienced.” Neymar’s increasing reputation led both the media and former great players to draw comparisons between Neymar and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, which Neymar has commented on saying: “Messi is above everyone, there is no use comparing me with him. […] He is the best player in the world and I always get inspired when I watch good football.” Ronaldo stated: “Neymar is a great talent, the best we have in Brazil. He is very similar to Messi.” Zico said: “I see Neymar like a [Cristiano] Ronaldo or a Messi, the type who appears and makes things happen.” After his hat-trick against Internacional 3–1 in Copa Libertadores and Messi’s five goals scored in the Champions League, Neymar said: “I am a Messi fan. I was told what he did today. I support him to score a lot of nice goals so I can keep copying and imitating him.”
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The 2011 FIFA Club World Cup Final at the Toyota Stadium on December 18th was the first time that Neymar played against Leo Messi. Some years later the two boys became team mates in Barcelona F.C. Some years later Barcelona F.C. made a formidable attacking trio with Luis Suarez, Leo Messi and Neymar challenging the Real Madrid famous “BBC” (Bale, Benzema,Cristiano).