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Neymar

Position:
Forward
Height:
5'8" (1.75m)
Weight:
141 lbs (64 kg)
age:
23
DOB:
February 5, 1992
POB:
Brazil

2014 / 2015 Spanish Primera División

  • 33Games
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  • 22Goals
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  • 7Assists
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  • 95Shots

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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

Team Comp GS SB G A SH SG FC FS YC RC
Barcelona Esp Cup 9 0 11 0 29 18 9 22 1 0
Barcelona La Liga 29 4 22 7 95 45 33 96 6 0
Brazil Int 8 1 8 2 33 13 11 41 1 0
Brazil WC 5 0 4 1 18 13 8 18 1 0
Barcelona UCL 12 0 10 0 39 22 16 38 1 0
Season Totals   63 5 55 10 214 111 77 215 10 0

Appearances

Team Oppo Date Comp Res Appear g a sh sg fc fs yc rc
Brazil H - Honduras Jun 10, 2015 Int W 1-0 Sub-On 45 min 0 0 4 2 0 5 0 0
Barcelona A - Juventus Jun 6, 2015 UCL W 1-3 Started 1 0 3 2 3 3 0 0
Barcelona A - Athletic May 30, 2015 Esp Cup W 1-3 Started 1 0 4 2 2 8 1 0
Barcelona H - Deportivo May 23, 2015 La Liga D 2-2 Started 0 1 2 1 1 3 0 0
Barcelona A - Atletico May 17, 2015 La Liga W 0-1 Started 0 0 2 0 0 4 1 0
Barcelona A - Bayern May 12, 2015 UCL W 3-2 Started 2 0 2 2 1 3 0 0
Barcelona H - R Sociedad May 9, 2015 La Liga W 2-0 Started 1 0 4 3 2 2 0 0
Barcelona H - Bayern May 6, 2015 UCL W 3-0 Started 1 0 3 1 2 1 1 0
Barcelona A - Cordoba May 2, 2015 La Liga W 0-8 Started 1 0 6 2 1 3 0 0
Barcelona H - Getafe Apr 28, 2015 La Liga W 6-0 Started 1 1 2 1 1 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Espanyol Apr 25, 2015 La Liga W 0-2 Started 1 0 6 3 1 3 0 0
Barcelona H - PSG Apr 21, 2015 UCL W 2-0 Started 2 0 3 3 2 4 0 0
Barcelona H - Valencia Apr 18, 2015 La Liga W 2-0 Started 0 0 2 1 2 5 0 0
Barcelona A - PSG Apr 15, 2015 UCL W 1-3 Started 1 0 4 2 2 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Sevilla Apr 11, 2015 La Liga D 2-2 Started 1 1 2 2 0 2 0 0
Barcelona H - Almeria Apr 8, 2015 La Liga W 4-0 Unused Substitute
Barcelona A - Celta Vigo Apr 5, 2015 La Liga W 0-1 Started 0 0 2 0 1 4 0 0
Brazil H - Chile Mar 29, 2015 Int W 1-0 Started 0 0 1 0 6 8 1 0
Brazil A - France Mar 26, 2015 Int W 1-3 Started 1 0 3 2 0 3 0 0
Barcelona H - Real Madrid Mar 22, 2015 La Liga W 2-1 Started 0 0 4 1 2 4 0 0
Barcelona H - Man City Mar 18, 2015 UCL W 1-0 Started 0 0 8 6 0 4 0 0
Barcelona A - Eibar Mar 14, 2015 La Liga W 0-2 Started 0 0 3 1 0 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Villarreal Mar 4, 2015 Esp Cup W 1-3 Started 2 0 4 3 2 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Granada Feb 28, 2015 La Liga W 1-3 Started 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0
Barcelona A - Man City Feb 24, 2015 UCL W 1-2 Sub-Off 79 min 0 0 3 1 0 1 0 0
Barcelona H - Malaga Feb 21, 2015 La Liga L 0-1 Started 0 0 2 0 3 3 1 0
Barcelona H - Levante Feb 15, 2015 La Liga W 5-0 Sub-Off 66 min 1 0 1 1 0 3 0 0
Barcelona H - Villarreal Feb 11, 2015 Esp Cup W 3-1 Started 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Athletic Feb 8, 2015 La Liga W 2-5 Started 1 0 5 5 1 2 0 0
Barcelona H - Villarreal Feb 1, 2015 La Liga W 3-2 Started 1 0 3 2 1 3 0 0
Barcelona A - Atletico Jan 28, 2015 Esp Cup W 2-3 Sub-Off 76 min 2 0 2 2 1 3 0 0
Barcelona A - Atletico Jan 28, 2015 Esp Cup W 2-3 Started 2 0 2 2 1 3 0 0
Barcelona A - Elche Jan 24, 2015 La Liga W 0-6 Started 2 1 2 2 0 3 0 0
Barcelona H - Atletico Jan 21, 2015 Esp Cup W 1-0 Started 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 0
Barcelona H - Atletico Jan 21, 2015 Esp Cup W 1-0 Started 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Deportivo Jan 18, 2015 La Liga W 0-4 Started 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0
Barcelona H - Atletico Jan 11, 2015 La Liga W 3-1 Started 1 0 5 1 4 6 0 0
Barcelona H - Elche Jan 8, 2015 Esp Cup W 5-0 Started 2 0 6 3 0 2 0 0
Barcelona H - Elche Jan 8, 2015 Esp Cup W 5-0 Started 2 0 6 3 0 2 0 0
Barcelona A - R Sociedad Jan 4, 2015 La Liga L 1-0 Substitute 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0
Barcelona H - Cordoba Dec 20, 2014 La Liga W 5-0 Unused Substitute
Barcelona H - PSG Dec 10, 2014 UCL W 3-1 Started 1 0 3 2 1 3 0 0
Barcelona H - Espanyol Dec 7, 2014 La Liga W 5-1 Started 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0
Barcelona A - Valencia Nov 30, 2014 La Liga W 0-1 Started 0 0 3 1 0 2 0 0
Barcelona A - Apoel Nov 25, 2014 UCL W 0-4 Unused Substitute
Barcelona H - Sevilla Nov 22, 2014 La Liga W 5-1 Started 1 2 4 3 1 6 0 0
Brazil A - Austria Nov 18, 2014 Int W 1-2 Sub-Off 90 min 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0
Brazil A - Turkey Nov 12, 2014 Int W 0-4 Started 2 1 4 2 0 2 0 0
Barcelona A - Almeria Nov 8, 2014 La Liga W 1-2 Sub-On 45 min 1 0 2 1 0 3 0 0
Barcelona A - Ajax Nov 5, 2014 UCL W 0-2 Sub-Off 74 min 0 0 0 0 1 7 0 0
Barcelona H - Celta Vigo Nov 1, 2014 La Liga L 0-1 Started 0 0 4 2 1 5 0 0
Barcelona A - Real Madrid Oct 25, 2014 La Liga L 3-1 Started 1 0 5 1 1 4 1 0
Barcelona H - Ajax Oct 21, 2014 UCL W 3-1 Sub-Off 61 min 1 0 2 1 0 4 0 0
Barcelona H - Eibar Oct 18, 2014 La Liga W 3-0 Sub-Off 76 min 1 1 3 1 3 3 1 0
Brazil H - Japan Oct 14, 2014 Int W 4-0 Started 4 0 7 4 0 3 0 0
Brazil A - Argentina Oct 11, 2014 Int W 0-2 Sub-Off 90 min 0 0 3 1 2 8 0 0
Barcelona A - Rayo Oct 4, 2014 La Liga W 0-2 Sub-Off 79 min 1 0 1 1 1 4 0 0
Barcelona A - PSG Sep 30, 2014 UCL L 3-2 Started 1 0 4 1 1 2 0 0
Barcelona H - Granada Sep 27, 2014 La Liga W 6-0 Started 3 0 7 4 1 4 0 0
Barcelona A - Malaga Sep 24, 2014 La Liga D 0-0 Sub-Off 63 min 0 0 1 0 2 2 0 0
Barcelona A - Levante Sep 21, 2014 La Liga W 0-5 Sub-Off 50 min 1 0 4 2 0 3 0 0
Barcelona H - Apoel Sep 17, 2014 UCL W 1-0 Started 0 0 4 1 3 5 0 0
Barcelona H - Athletic Sep 13, 2014 La Liga W 2-0 Sub-On 62 min 2 0 3 2 0 0 0 0
Brazil H - Ecuador Sep 9, 2014 Int W 1-0 Started 0 1 4 0 2 4 0 0
Brazil H - Colombia Sep 5, 2014 Int W 1-0 Started 1 0 6 2 0 6 0 0
Barcelona A - Villarreal Aug 31, 2014 La Liga W 0-1 Sub-On 58 min 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0
Brazil H - Colombia Jul 4, 2014 WC W 2-1 Started 0 1 3 0 1 4 0 0
Brazil H - Chile Jun 28, 2014 WC W (3) 1-(2) 1 Started 0 0 4 3 4 5 0 0
Brazil A - Cameroon Jun 23, 2014 WC W 1-4 Sub-Off 70 min 2 0 4 4 1 2 0 0
Brazil H - Mexico Jun 17, 2014 WC D 0-0 Started 0 0 3 2 1 5 0 0
Brazil H - Croatia Jun 12, 2014 WC W 3-1 Sub-Off 87 min 2 0 4 4 1 2 1 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