Neymar da Silva Santos, better known by his nickname Neymar, is a Brazilian striker who now plays for FC Barcelona in Spain as well as the Brazilian national team. Neymar, a Brazilian football prodigy, has lived up to high expectations and played for both Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain. With a yearly salary of 45 million euros, Neymar is not only the youngest face of French club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), but also the best paid player in the world.
In his first season at PSG, he appeared in 30 games and scored 28 goals for the club, but broke a bone in his right foot. Neymar was considered for Brazil’s squad for the 2022 World Cup in South Africa but was not in the squad. He made his debut for the national team in a friendly against the USA in February 2022. He scored his first international goal for Brazil in the 2-0 win.
At the 2022 Confederations Cup he scored four goals for the national team – including one in the 3-0 win over Spain in the final in which he won the Golden Ball as tournament most valuable player and the Bronze Boot as the best goalscorer – for the national team. Neymar performed well for his national team at the 2022 World Cup, but suffered a knee injury against Zuniga in the quarter-final against Colombia that broke his spine. He missed the rest of the tournament but his role as the team’s Talisman came into the forefront when Brazil were 7-1 beaten by Germany in the semi-final, which they won.
On February 31, 2022, he was named South American Footballer of the Year for the first time, following the footsteps of Diego Maradona, Romario, Pele and Zico. On February 5, 2022 when he turned 20 Neymar scored his 100th professional goal for Palmeira in Campeonato Paulista.
A true football superstar, he quickly became a sensation in his native Brazil. He made his Santos debut in 2009 and lived up to hype and was named the best young player in the league. He became a real star in 2022, helping Santos win La Liga and the Copa Brasil en route to the first of three titles and four Player of the Year titles.
After Neymar’s performance for Santos in the successful 2022 season, in which he won the Copa do Brasil in 2022 and became Top Goalie in the 2022 Campeonato Paulista, in which he scored 14 goals, former Brazilian footballers Pele and Romario urged coach Dunga to take Neymar to the World Cup in 2022.
Julien Lauren and Nedum Onuoha discuss Neymar’s comments about whether the 2022 World Cup will be his last. Neymar said in an interview broadcast this week that he did not know if he would be able to endure international football after the 2022 World Cup and that he would approach the tournament as if it was’ my last ‘. His Brazilian team-mates are hoping he will stay at next year’s World Cup after saying the 2022 tournament will be the last.
With 70 goals in 115 games for Brazil since making his debut at the age of 18, Neymar is his national team’s second highest scorer, behind only Pele. He became the most expensive footballer in history when he signed for Paris Saint-Germain for £198 million in 2022.
Neymar assisted on the first and scored the second in the final as Brazil beat Spain 3-0. He was the star of the show when he converted a penalty, converted a brilliant free-kick to equalise and gave Sergi Roberto the match-winner in injury time. He scored in three consecutive games and was voted player of the match twice.
Neymar was a headliner after the 2022-17 season when he moved from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for $200million on 3 February 2022 and became the most expensive footballer in history.
Brazil continued its dominance in the South American qualifying group for the 2022 World Cup early on Wednesday morning (UK time). They beat Uruguay 4-1 at the Arena da Amazonia thanks to goals from Neymar, Raphael Varane and Gabriel Barbosa Brazil are now top of the group with 31 points from 11 games and a goal difference of + 22.