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Neymar Junior Story : The Force Behind my Rising

Neymar Junior Story : The Force Behind my Rising

Neymar Junior is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team. He is widely considered as one of the best players in the world. Neymar became popular at Santos, where he made his first time professional performance at the age of 17. He assist the club to win two successive Campeonato Paulista championships, a Copa do Brasil, and the 2011 Copa Libertadores;. Neymar was named twice as the South American Footballer of the Year,

Neymar has a son, Davi Lucca, born on 13 August 2011, with former girlfriend Carolina Dantas.

In 2017, Neymar was transferred to Paris Saint-Germain in a move worth $267.7 million, which makes him the most expensive player ever.  He also helped Paris Saint-Germain F.C. attain a domestic quadruple in the 2019–2020 season, and led the club to its first ever Champions League Final.

Neymar is considered the second highest goalscorer for his national team, which he had 64 goals in 103 matches for Brazil since debuting at age 18. Neymar was a key player in Brazil’s victories at the 2011 South American Youth Championship, where he ended as leading goalscorer.

He was ranked among the world’s most popular sportsmen.  In 2012 and 2013, SportsPro named Neymar as the most marketable athlete in the world, and ESPN recognized him as the world’s fourth-most famous athlete in 2016. In 2017, he was also included by Time in its list of the 100 most influential people in the world.   France Football ranked Neymar the world’s third highest-paid footballer in 2018.  Forbes ranked him the world’s third highest-paid athlete in 2019 and the world’s fourth highest-paid athlete in 2020.

Neymar’s net worth is estimated to be $185 million in 2020. It is believed that  Neymar’s salary is about $44.3 million a year.

Early life and career of Neymar Junior 

Neymar Junior (Brazilian Portuguese:  born 5 February 1992) was born in Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo, to Neymar Santos Sr. and Nadine da Silva. He was named after his father, who is a former footballer and became Neymar’s advisor as his talents began to grow. Neymar said his father has been by his side since he was little. He takes care of things, his finances and family. Growing up, Neymar love of futsal and street football. Neymar said that futsal had a massive influence on him growing up, helping him develop his technique, speed of thought and ability to perform moves in tight spaces.

Neymar began playing for youth side Portuguesa Santista In 2003, after he moved with his family to São Vicente, and later joined Santos FC at the age of 11 when they moved to Santos in 2003. At the aged of 14, Neymar travelled to Spain for a trial with the Real Madrid youth team, as of then, Real Madrid had stars like RonaldoZinedine ZidaneDavid Beckham, Roberto Carlos and Robinho. He did not stay in Madrid as his father decided preferred him to keep growing up while playing at Santos.

With the success of his career and income, the family acquired their first property, a house next to Vila Belmiro, Santos’ home stadium. Their quality of family life improved, at the age of 15, Neymar was earning $1,920 per month and at the age of 16 he earns $9,056.05 per month. At the age of 17, he signed his first full professional contract, which was upgraded to Santos first team, and began signing his first sponsorship deals.

Neymar’s performances for Santos have drawn comparisons to other Brazilians, including Robinho and Brazilian legend Pelé for given the award of the best player in a competition.

Santos FC rejected a $16 million offered him from English Premier League team West Ham United in 2010, and later an offer from another English club, Chelsea, reported to be approximately $26.7 million.  Despite Santos FC unwillingness to sell out Neymar, Neymar himself insisted that he is focusing only on Santos. One year later Neymar admitted in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, that he had been happy with Chelsea’s interest in him as it was his dream to play in Europe.

Santos FC club president Luís Ribeiro threatened to report Real Madrid to FIFA in September 2011, following reports that they had attempted to sign Neymar to a pre-contract agreement, and denied the allegation was in place.  Neymar and Santos agreed on 9 November 2011 to a contract extension to stay with the club until after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. It was reportedly that the deal increased Neymar’s wages by 50%, to the levels that top European clubs would be paying him. 

As of December 2010, at the aged just 18, Neymar came third for the 2010 South American Footballer of the Year, behind Andrés D’Alessandro and Juan Sebastián Verón.

When Neymar turned 20 on 5 February 2012, he scored his 100th goal as a professional football player, against Palmeiras in the Campeonato Paulista

Santos announced on 24 May 2013, that they had received two offers for Neymar. The next day, Neymar announced he would sign with Barcelona on 27 May 2013 and join the team after playing in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. On 3 June 2013, Neymar was unveiled by Barcelona after passing medical tests and signing a contract that would keep him at the club for the period of five years. The club vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu announced that Neymar’s transfer fee was aproximately $68.8

Neymar scored his 100th goal for Barcelona in his 177th appearance on 2 April 2017, for the club, netting in a 4–1 win over Granada.

Neymar Junior has inked numerous sponsorship deals since his reputation began to grow from the young age of 17. He has deals with the likes of Nike, Panasonic, Volkswagen, Claro, Unilever and Santander among many others. He was even named the most marketable athlete ahead of Messi and Ronaldo In 2013.

Neymar Junior Foundations and Charity

It was stated that Neymar donates 10% of his earnings to his church back in Brazil.  More so, each year, Neymar organizes a charity match with fellow Brazilian footballer Nene.

Problem Faced By Neymar Junior 

Neymar was privilegethat his dad was a former footballer, and his father takes care of things, his finances and family. Coupling with his father’s support and his technique, speed of thought and ability to perform was accurate. So therefore, Neymar had a smooth experience at his teenage age but he experienced some problems after being fully signed to a club:

When Dorival Júnior, the Santos’ manager, appointed another player to take the penalty awarded for a foul on Neymar because he had missed a crucial penalty during the Copa do Brasil final of that year, of which Santos went on to win.  Neymar reacted by turning his back on his manager, had to be consoled by linesman and argued with his captain, Edu Dracena. Dorival Júnior angrily wished to have suspended Neymar for two weeks, but the board sided with the player quickly sacked the manager. Despite Neymar’s had apologies over the incident, some doubts still remain about his attitude.

On 28 October, Neymar suffered an adductor injury in a match against İstanbul Başakşehir, leaving the pitch after 26 minutes of play.

He suffered a foot injury in late January 2019 that kept him out of his side’s Champions League round of 16 tie against Manchester United F.C. 

After United eliminated PSG, Neymar went on Instagram insulting video review officials for awarding a stoppage-time penalty to United. UEFA banned Neymar for three matches for the insult.

Neymar missed out on the first match of the 2020–2021 season because he had tested positive for COVID-19 a week earlier; PSG went on to lose the game against Lens by a score of 1–0. However, he returned to training before the match against Marseille on 13 September 2020.

Lesson Learned From Neymar Junior 

  1. Do What You Love

Doing what you love to perfect your life. When Neymar was growing as a kid, he has passion for football, he loves futsal and street football. Neymar said that futsal had a massive influence on him growing up, helping him develop his technique, speed of thought and ability to perform moves in tight spaces.

  • Use Your Connections

Neymar’s father is a former footballer and he was able to follow his father’s footstep to connect to football and suddenly his father became his became his advisor as his talents began to grow. 

  • Determination

Been determine is one of the key success in life. When Neymar was playing futsal and street football, Santos FC were impressed and they picked him up to join their academy due to his technique, speed of thought and ability to perform moves in tight spaces.

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