The Brazilian wonder is one of the best footballers right now and is being tipped by many football experts as a future Ballon d’Or winner
Neymar Da Silva Santos Junior is a player of great quality. Known for his trademark dribbling tricks and clinic finishing, the 23-year old is no doubt among the top 5 world’s best footballers presently.
Neymar is known by every football follower but here, FlyBarca presents to you –
10 interesting facts about the Barca star that you will find mind-blowing ENJOY!
10 Facts About Neymar Jr
1. Neymar has only played for Brazilian team Santos before moving to Barcelona in the summer of 2013.
2. The Brazilian scored his 100th professional goal on his 20th birthday. What a way to celebrate!
3. Neymar almost joined Barcelona’s arch-rival Real Madrid when he was 14 years old. He was rejected after having a trial with them. In 2013, it was Neymar’s turn to reject Real Madrid as the star joined Barca for a much lower price.
4. English club, West Ham United were the first club that made a bid for Neymar when he was still very young.
5. In the 2014/2015 UCL campaign, Neymar became the only player in the tournament’s history to score in all 5 games from the first leg of the quarter final to the UCL final.
7. Neymar is Barcelona’s 3rd most expensive purchase in history. Costing the Catalans around £59.7 million pounds even if the original price is speculated to have exceeded that amount.
8. Neymar is the only Brazilian athlete to be featured on the cover of TIMEmagazine.
9. Neymar was named the most marketable athlete in the world in 2013 by SportsPro magazine, beating the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rory McIlroy and Usain Bolt.
10. The Brazilian was named by popular newspaper, The Guardian as the sixth best footballer alive.
The Brazil captain, who scored 39 goals for Barca in the 2014/2015 season (only Messi and Ronaldo had more), is highly tipped for next years Ballon d’Or nomination. Go Neymar!