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SPANISH PRIMERA DIVISIÓN

2016/2017 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
3 Atletico 0 0 0 0
4 Barcelona 0 0 0 0
5 Celta Vigo 0 0 0 0
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Neymar

Position:
Forward
Height:
5'8" (1.75m)
Weight:
141 lbs (64 kg)
age:
24
DOB:
February 5, 1992
POB:
Brazil

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Player Profile

Every so often a young Brazilian forward of such dazzling potential emerges that comparisons are immediately made with the greatest of all, Pele.

As another graduate of the Santos academy, and a player who has made a stunning impact in his teens, it is inevitable that Neymar has become one of them. However, he has said that his style is closer to that of Garrincha, and that Romario is his hero in the Selecao shirt. The early indications are that this hugely talented forward might just have the potential to join the ranks of Brazil greats.

Though still in his formative years, Neymar has already dazzled in Brazilian domestic football and at youth level for his country, and now he is beginning to do the same for the senior side.

Since being overlooked for the 2010 World Cup by Dunga, despite pleas from Pele himself, Neymar has become the central figure for Brazil, amassing a total of 65 caps for the senior side.

A Santos player since 2003, he made his debut aged 17 and quickly shot to fame when winning the Campeonato Paulista in 2010 and being named the best player in the competition. Maintaining an impressive strike-rate, he shone alongside his stylistic soul-mate Robinho upon his loan return to the club from Manchester City, and was the subject of a 23-million-pound offer from Chelsea in August 2010, which he rejected to continue his career in Brazil.

It proved to be a wise choice as Neymar was on the scoresheet when Santos defeated Penarol in June 2011 to claim their first Copa Libertadores title since 1963. The fleet-footed forward was awarded the FIFA Puskas award for his sensational solo goal against Flamengo and followed in the footsteps of Diego Maradona, Zico and Pele by winning the 2011 South American Footballer of the Year.

With 100 goals already to his name by his 20th birthday, Neymar's next task was to transfer his club form to the international side though he failed to make an impact at the 2011 Copa America, where Brazil were defeated by Paraguay in the quarterfinals. However, he did score three goals in the London 2012 Olympics as Brazil lost out on the gold medal to Mexico in the final.

Yet, Neymar's coming of age finally arrived at the 2013 Confederations Cup when he opened the scoring with a tremendous half volley in the third minute of the opening match against Japan. This was to be Neymar's tournament as he scored four goals, including one in the 3-0 final victory over Spain.

A big money move to Barcelona transpired that summer for Brazil's golden boy and he opened his account for the club in the first leg of Barcelona's Spanish Supercopa victory over Atletico Madrid. A further 14 goals followed as Barcelona missed out on the La Liga title on the final day -- though Neymar was largely absent for their run-in as a result of injury.

All eyes were on Neymar at the start of the 2014 World Cup, and he did not disappoint in scoring four goals for Brazil. However, his tournament was cut short when he suffered a fractured vertebra in his back during Brazil's 2-0 quarterfinal victory over Colombia. With Neymar injured, Brazil suffered their worst ever World Cup defeat, a 7-1 dismantling against Germany in the semifinals.

A stronger and more determined Neymar returned from that back injury and helped lead Barcelona to a second Treble, including 22 goals during the 2014-15 La Liga campaign and the final strike for Barcelona in their 3-1 Champions League final triumph over Juventus.

Once again, all hopes for another international trophy for Brazil fell on Neymar's shoulders at the 2015 Copa America in Chile, yet Neymar failed to complete the event after being suspended for four matches due to comments made to the referee following Brazil's 1-0 group stage defeat to Colombia.

Strengths: A genius with the ball at his feet, Neymar's pace, dribbling, expert finishing and impeccable technique make him a fearsome opponent. His impressive awareness and match intelligence also mean he can operate wide or through the middle.

Weaknesses: His temperament is open to question following a number of disciplinary problems and he has been accused of being selfish, as well as indulging in some of football's dark arts.

Career high: Forming a devastating forward line with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, Neymar helped lead Barcelona to the club's second Treble during the 2014-15 season.

Career low: In September 2010, Neymar displayed his petulant side when first sparking a ruckus in a match against Ceara, and then arguing with coach Dorival Junior when overlooked to take a penalty against Guarani. Dorival suspended the player, and was sacked as a result.

Style: Electric, inventive, irrepressible, a dangerous forward.

Quotes: "It is good to be compared with the best player [Pele]. But my dad told me about Garrincha's style as he moved forward, went up, attacked and dribbled. Garrincha's style is more similar to Neymar's." Neymar, January 2011.

Trivia: Over 14,000 Brazil fans signed a petition demanding that Neymar be called up by Dunga for the 2010 World Cup finals.

Career

Appearances

Team Oppo Date Comp Res Appear g a sh sg fc fs yc rc
Barcelona H - Sevilla May 22, 2016 Esp Cup W 2-0 Started 1 0 2 2 3 7 1 0
Barcelona A - Granada May 14, 2016 La Liga W 0-3 Started 0 1 2 1 0 4 0 0
Barcelona H - Espanyol May 8, 2016 La Liga W 5-0 Started 1 1 3 1 1 5 0 0
Barcelona A - Betis Apr 30, 2016 La Liga W 0-2 Started 0 0 2 1 1 2 0 0
Barcelona H - Sporting Apr 23, 2016 La Liga W 6-0 Started 1 0 4 3 4 7 0 0
Barcelona A - Deportivo Apr 20, 2016 La Liga W 0-8 Started 1 0 2 1 1 3 0 0
Barcelona H - Valencia Apr 17, 2016 La Liga L 1-2 Started 0 0 5 2 3 4 1 0
Barcelona A - Atletico Apr 13, 2016 UCL L 2-0 Started 0 0 1 1 3 4 1 0
Barcelona A - R Sociedad Apr 9, 2016 La Liga L 1-0 Started 0 0 2 1 2 3 0 0
Barcelona H - Atletico Apr 5, 2016 UCL W 2-1 Started 0 0 6 1 3 5 0 0
Barcelona H - Real Madrid Apr 2, 2016 La Liga L 1-2 Started 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 0
Brazil H - Uruguay Mar 25, 2016 WCQ D 2-2 Started 0 0 4 1 1 6 1 0
Barcelona A - Villarreal Mar 20, 2016 La Liga D 2-2 Started 1 0 2 2 0 7 0 0
Barcelona H - Arsenal Mar 16, 2016 UCL W 3-1 Started 1 0 3 3 1 3 0 0
Barcelona H - Getafe Mar 12, 2016 La Liga W 6-0 Started 2 0 5 4 2 6 0 0
Barcelona A - Rayo Mar 3, 2016 La Liga W 1-5 Started 0 1 4 0 3 2 1 0
Barcelona H - Sevilla Feb 28, 2016 La Liga W 2-1 Started 0 0 2 2 2 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Arsenal Feb 23, 2016 UCL W 0-2 Started 0 1 3 2 2 2 0 0
Barcelona A - Las Palmas Feb 20, 2016 La Liga W 1-2 Started 1 0 2 2 2 3 0 0
Barcelona A - Sporting Feb 17, 2016 La Liga W 1-3 Started 0 0 6 2 0 1 0 0
Barcelona H - Celta Vigo Feb 14, 2016 La Liga W 6-1 Started 1 0 7 4 0 3 0 0
Barcelona A - Levante Feb 7, 2016 La Liga W 0-2 Started 0 0 3 1 1 5 0 0
Barcelona H - Valencia Feb 3, 2016 Esp Cup W 7-0 Started 0 2 6 0 0 5 0 0
Barcelona H - Atletico Jan 30, 2016 La Liga W 2-1 Started 0 0 1 0 2 5 0 0
Barcelona H - Athletic Jan 27, 2016 Esp Cup W 3-1 Started 1 0 4 3 1 9 0 0
Barcelona A - Athletic Jan 20, 2016 Esp Cup W 1-2 Started 1 0 2 2 0 6 0 0
Barcelona H - Athletic Jan 17, 2016 La Liga W 6-0 Started 1 2 6 3 1 2 0 0
Barcelona A - Espanyol Jan 13, 2016 Esp Cup W 0-2 Unused Substitute
Barcelona H - Granada Jan 9, 2016 La Liga W 4-0 Started 1 0 5 2 0 5 0 0
Barcelona H - Espanyol Jan 6, 2016 Esp Cup W 4-1 Started 1 0 6 3 0 3 1 0
Barcelona A - Espanyol Jan 2, 2016 La Liga D 0-0 Started 0 0 2 1 2 5 1 0
Barcelona H - Betis Dec 30, 2015 La Liga W 4-0 Started 0 2 4 1 1 3 0 0
Barcelona A - River Dec 20, 2015 CWC W 0-3 Sub-Off 88 min 0 2 3 0 1 2 1 0
Barcelona H - Guangzhou Ev Dec 17, 2015 CWC W 3-0 Unused Substitute
Barcelona A - Valencia Dec 5, 2015 La Liga D 1-1 Started 0 0 2 0 2 3 0 0
Barcelona H - Villanovense Dec 2, 2015 Esp Cup W 6-1 Unused Substitute
Barcelona H - R Sociedad Nov 28, 2015 La Liga W 4-0 Started 2 1 2 2 2 3 0 0
Barcelona H - AS Roma Nov 24, 2015 UCL W 6-1 Started 0 0 4 2 0 2 0 0
Barcelona A - Real Madrid Nov 21, 2015 La Liga W 0-4 Started 1 1 4 3 2 5 0 0
Brazil H - Peru Nov 17, 2015 WCQ W 3-0 Started 0 0 4 0 4 10 1 0
Brazil A - Argentina Nov 13, 2015 WCQ D 1-1 Started 0 0 2 1 1 5 0 0
Barcelona H - Villarreal Nov 8, 2015 La Liga W 3-0 Started 2 0 4 3 2 4 1 0
Barcelona H - BATE Nov 4, 2015 UCL W 3-0 Started 2 1 7 4 2 2 0 0
Barcelona A - Getafe Oct 31, 2015 La Liga W 0-2 Started 1 0 2 1 1 4 0 0
Barcelona H - Eibar Oct 25, 2015 La Liga W 3-1 Started 0 2 2 0 3 6 1 0
Barcelona A - BATE Oct 20, 2015 UCL W 0-2 Started 0 2 5 1 0 4 0 0
Barcelona H - Rayo Oct 17, 2015 La Liga W 5-2 Started 4 1 7 4 2 4 0 0
Barcelona A - Sevilla Oct 3, 2015 La Liga L 2-1 Started 1 0 9 5 2 4 0 0
Barcelona H - Leverkusen Sep 29, 2015 UCL W 2-1 Started 0 0 4 0 1 3 1 0
Barcelona H - Las Palmas Sep 26, 2015 La Liga W 2-1 Started 0 0 5 1 0 4 0 0
Barcelona A - Celta Vigo Sep 23, 2015 La Liga L 4-1 Started 1 0 6 3 0 7 1 0
Barcelona H - Levante Sep 20, 2015 La Liga W 4-1 Started 1 0 5 2 1 3 0 0
Barcelona A - AS Roma Sep 16, 2015 UCL D 1-1 Started 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0
Barcelona A - Atletico Sep 12, 2015 La Liga W 1-2 Started 1 0 4 2 0 4 0 0
Brazil A - USA Sep 8, 2015 Int W 1-4 Sub-On 45 min 2 0 3 2 0 2 0 0
Brazil H - Costa Rica Sep 5, 2015 Int W 1-0 Sub-On 81 min 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Barcelona H - Málaga Aug 29, 2015 La Liga W 1-0 Sub-Off 86 min 0 0 2 1 1 2 0 0
Brazil H - Colombia Jun 17, 2015 Copa Am L 0-1 Started 0 0 2 1 4 5 1 1
Brazil H - Peru Jun 14, 2015 Copa Am W 2-1 Started 1 1 6 2 1 4 1 0
Brazil H - Honduras Jun 10, 2015 Int W 1-0 Sub-On 45 min 0 0 4 2 0 5 0 0
  • A: GoalAssists
  • Appear: Appearance
  • Comp: Competition
  • FC: Fouls Committed
  • FS: Fouls Suffered
  • G: TotalGoals
  • Oppo: Opponent
  • RC: Red Cards
  • Res: Result
  • SG: Shots On Target
  • SH: Total Shots
  • YC: Yellow Cards