Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, usually known more simply as Neymar, was born in Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo on 5 February 1992. Known for his pace, dribbling ability and goalscoring, he can play as a forward or as a winger and his talents on the field have been compared to Pelé. In 2012, Ronaldinho predicted that he would become the best footballer in the world.

Having joined the Santos youth academy in 2003, Neymar made his debut for the senior team in 2009, at the age of 17. He quickly emerged as one of their best players and was the driving force behind their 2011 Copa Libertadores success, as well as Campeonato Paulista wins in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Throughout his time with the club, Neymar scored 136 goals in 225 games in all competitions. In 2011, he was named the South American Footb...

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