Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior - or ‘Neymar Jr’ to millions of football fans around the world - is one of the most recognisable sportsmen of his, or any other, generation. In his short career to date, Neymar Jr has graduated from the streets of Praia Grande city to the biggest international stadia; his mix of speed, trickery and creativity making him a star in the world’s most popular sport.
Born in Mogi das Cruzes city in São Paulo, Brazil, Neymar Jr comes from a football-loving family. Within years of first touching a ball, his talents had brought him to the Santos FC youth team, and by his fourteenth birthday, teams around the world were clamouring for his signature. But Santos FC was close to Neymar Jr’s heart. And as outstanding year followed outstanding year - including 136 goals from just 225 first team appearances - he became an icon to thousands of adoring fans.
Now his country’s most recognisable player and captain, Neymar Jr regularly draws comparisons to the greatest players ever to wear Brazil’s iconic gold and green jersey. That reputation was furthered at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where, despite an unfortunate injury shortening his tournament, four goals and an array of skills stole the limelight whenever Neymar Jr laced up his boots for the Seleção. The tournament was a fitting end to a whirlwind year, which earlier saw Neymar Jr presented to 60,000 cheering fans at the Camp Nou as an FC Barcelona player.
Since singing for Barça, he’s has become a key player in their star-studded line-up, and Neymar Jr now calls the world’s best players his team mates. To join him at the poker tables, click here to download PokerStars, or visit the Neymar Jr page for the latest news, videos and exclusive promotions!
|FIFA World Cup Team of the Tournament||2014|
|Confederations Cup Winner||2013|
|Campeonato Paulista Winner||2010, 2011, 2012|
|South American Footballer of the Year||2011 & 2012|
|Copa Libertadores Winners||2011|
|FIFA Puskás Award (Goal of the Year)||2011|
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