The beauty of football is dazzling skills, goals, contributions, and outstanding displays capable of creating fears amidst opponents. This has been the case so far for the young samba with a Mohawk hairstyle whose skill became eye-catchy and caught the football world’s eyes. It has led him on a journey from Brazil to conquering Europe.
Today’s story is about Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, a Brazilian footballer who plays for Paris Saint Germain and is currently an ambassador for different brands. Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior was born in Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo, to Neymar Santos Sr. and Nadine da Silva. He inherited his name from his father, a former footballer, and became his son’s advisor as Neymar’stalents grew.
Before Neymar breakout into the football world, his parents’ standard of living was low, and they had to struggle to feed Neymar and his siblings. The parents had to juggle extra jobs to ensure that they keep up with family expenses and other things needed to ensure survival in the neighborhood.
People who rise from grass to grace go through lots of challenges, especially when it comes to survival. However, persistence and the desire to be better at what they do keep them going until they have a breakthrough.
Neymar’s journey to greatness began when he moved with his family to São Vicente to play for the youth side Portuguesa Santista. Afterward, he joined Santos FC, which boosted the success of his youth career and added income. It empowered his family to buy their first property, a house next to Vila Belmiro, Santos’ home stadium; it improved their standard of living. At the age of 15, Neymar earned 10,000 reais per month and at 16, 125,000 reais per month. At 17, he signed his first full professional contract, was upgraded to the Santos first team, and began signing his first sponsorship deals.
After helping Santos FC to their first Copa Libertadores, he won the Puskas award, and in the following year, 2012, he became South American best player where he netted his 100th career goal at a young age of 20. His eureka moment finally arrived when he led Brazil to victory in the 2013 confederations cup held in Brazil, where he was the best player for the tournament. After then, he moved to Europe after signing a contract with FC Barcelona and netted his first official goal against Atletico Madrid, which proved vital in FC Barcelona’s victory in Spanish Supercopa. That same year FC Barcelona won the treble, in which Neymar was very instrumental.
Neymar went on to form a deadly trio with fellow South American Messi and Suarez, which led FC Barcelona to the 2015 champions league where Neymar scored the winning goal in a 3-1 victory final against Juventus FC. His impressive stat made Paris Saint Germain (PSG) trigger his release clause of 220M euros, which is the most expensive transfer. He has repaid the faith by leading PSG to French League and French Cup with impressive stats.
While Neymar is still giving the football world joy and happiness whenever he graces the pitch, he has already become a legend for many feats and success has achieved with clubs and country.