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Neymar

Position:
Forward
Height:
5'8" (1.74m)
Weight:
141 lbs (64 kg)
age:
22
DOB:
February 5, 1992
POB:
Brazil

2013 / 2014 Spanish Primera División

  • 26Games
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  • 9Goals
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  • 8Assists
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  • 68Shots

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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.

Overlooked for the 2010 World Cup by Dunga, despite pleas from Pele himself, Neymar is at the forefront of the new Selecao under Luiz Felipe Scolari and, having already scored on his debut against United States in August 2010, caught Europe's attention when scoring twice against Scotland at Emirates Stadium when winning only his third cap in March 2011. Neymar had already become a player of some repute in his home country though.

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 are focused upon Neymar to inspire his nation to victory on home soil at the 2014 World Cup and if he can rekindle the form he showed at the Confederations Cup 12 months ago, he could well parallel the successes of Pele, Garrincha and Romario before him.

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: His dazzling performances at the 2013 Confederations Cup helped Brazil to win the trophy and restore the fans' harmony and support for the Selecao.

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
Santos FC Paulista 4 0 0 1 9 5 8 19 0 0
Barcelona Sup Cup 1 1 2 0 4 2 3 5 1 0
Barcelona UCL 9 1 4 3 42 16 18 40 1 0
Brazil Int 16 0 8 8 53 22 25 64 3 0
Barcelona La Liga 19 7 9 8 68 30 29 78 6 0
Brazil Conf 5 0 4 2 16 9 18 30 1 0
Barcelona Esp Cup 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Season Totals   57 9 28 22 192 84 101 236 13 0

Appearances

Team Oppo Date Comp Res Appear g a sh sg fc fs yc rc
Brazil H - Serbia Jun 6, 2014 Int W 1-0 Sub-Off 80 min 0 0 2 0 1 4 0 0
Brazil H - Panama Jun 3, 2014 Int W 4-0 Started 1 1 6 2 2 4 1 0
Barcelona H - Atletico May 17, 2014 La Liga D 1-1 Sub-On 61 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0
Barcelona A - Real Madrid Apr 16, 2014 Esp Cup L 2-1 Started 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Barcelona A - Granada Apr 12, 2014 La Liga L 1-0 Started 0 0 6 2 1 1 1 0
Barcelona A - Atletico Apr 9, 2014 UCL L 1-0 Started 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 0
Barcelona H - Betis Apr 5, 2014 La Liga W 3-1 Sub-On 78 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Barcelona H - Atletico Apr 1, 2014 UCL D 1-1 Started 1 0 5 2 4 7 0 0
Barcelona A - Espanyol Mar 29, 2014 La Liga W 0-1 Sub-Off 80 min 0 0 4 2 1 6 0 0
Barcelona H - Celta Vigo Mar 26, 2014 La Liga W 3-0 Sub-Off 70 min 2 0 4 2 1 2 0 0
Barcelona A - Real Madrid Mar 23, 2014 La Liga W 3-4 Sub-Off 68 min 0 0 3 2 2 3 0 0
Barcelona H - Osasuna Mar 16, 2014 La Liga W 7-0 Unused Substitute
Barcelona H - Man City Mar 12, 2014 UCL W 2-1 Sub-Off 79 min 0 0 2 2 0 5 0 0
Barcelona A - Valladolid Mar 8, 2014 La Liga L 1-0 Sub-Off 73 min 0 0 2 0 2 1 0 0
Brazil A - South Africa Mar 5, 2014 Int W 0-5 Started 3 0 6 4 1 4 0 0
Barcelona H - Almeria Mar 2, 2014 La Liga W 4-1 Sub-Off 87 min 0 0 6 1 0 3 0 0
Barcelona A - R Sociedad Feb 22, 2014 La Liga L 3-1 Started 0 0 2 0 4 1 0 0
Barcelona A - Man City Feb 18, 2014 UCL W 0-2 Sub-On 73 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Rayo Feb 15, 2014 La Liga W 6-0 Sub-On 61 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Barcelona A - Getafe Jan 16, 2014 Esp Cup W 0-2 Sub-Off 28 min 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona A - Atletico Jan 11, 2014 La Liga D 0-0 Sub-On 66 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Elche Jan 5, 2014 La Liga W 4-0 Sub-On 80 0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0
Barcelona H - FC Cartagena Dec 17, 2013 Esp Cup W 3-0 Started 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barcelona H - Villarreal Dec 14, 2013 La Liga W 2-1 Started 2 0 5 3 1 2 1 0
Barcelona H - Celtic Dec 11, 2013 UCL W 6-1 Sub-Off 80 min 3 1 9 4 0 1 0 0
Barcelona A - FC Cartagena Dec 6, 2013 Esp Cup W 1-4 Unused Substitute
Barcelona A - Athletic Dec 1, 2013 La Liga L 1-0 Started 0 0 3 1 1 5 1 0
Barcelona A - Ajax Nov 26, 2013 UCL L 2-1 Started 0 0 4 1 4 6 1 0
Barcelona H - Granada Nov 23, 2013 La Liga W 4-0 Sub-Off 82 min 0 1 2 0 2 5 1 0
Brazil H - Chile Nov 19, 2013 Int W 2-1 Sub-Off 90 min 0 0 4 2 2 0 0 0
Brazil H - Honduras Nov 16, 2013 Int W 5-0 Sub-Off 65 min 0 1 4 1 5 8 0 0
Barcelona A - Betis Nov 10, 2013 La Liga W 1-4 Sub-Off 73 min 1 0 4 4 2 5 0 0
Barcelona H - Milan Nov 6, 2013 UCL W 3-1 Sub-Off 84 min 0 0 3 0 3 5 0 0
Barcelona H - Espanyol Nov 1, 2013 La Liga W 1-0 Started 0 1 2 0 1 2 0 0
Barcelona A - Celta Vigo Oct 29, 2013 La Liga W 0-3 Unused Substitute
Barcelona H - Real Madrid Oct 26, 2013 La Liga W 2-1 Sub-Off 83 min 1 1 3 3 4 0 0 0
Barcelona A - Milan Oct 22, 2013 UCL D 1-1 Sub-Off 79 min 0 0 3 0 1 2 0 0
Barcelona A - Osasuna Oct 19, 2013 La Liga D 0-0 Started 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
Brazil H - Zambia Oct 15, 2013 Int W 2-0 Sub-Off 79 min 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brazil A - South Korea Oct 12, 2013 Int W 0-2 Started 1 0 2 1 2 13 0 0
Barcelona H - Valladolid Oct 5, 2013 La Liga W 4-1 Started 1 1 5 2 1 5 0 0
Barcelona A - Celtic Oct 1, 2013 UCL W 0-1 Started 0 0 5 2 2 4 0 0
Barcelona A - Almeria Sep 28, 2013 La Liga W 0-2 Unused Substitute
Barcelona H - R Sociedad Sep 24, 2013 La Liga W 4-1 Sub-Off 73 min 1 1 3 2 0 4 0 0
Barcelona A - Rayo Sep 21, 2013 La Liga W 0-4 Sub-Off 79 min 0 1 3 1 1 6 0 0
Barcelona H - Ajax Sep 18, 2013 UCL W 4-0 Sub-Off 71 min 0 1 5 2 0 1 0 0
Barcelona H - Sevilla Sep 14, 2013 La Liga W 3-2 Started 0 1 4 2 0 7 0 0
Brazil H - Portugal Sep 10, 2013 Int W 3-1 Sub-Off 88 min 1 1 3 3 1 7 1 0
Brazil H - Australia Sep 7, 2013 Int W 6-0 Started 1 2 4 2 0 4 0 0
Barcelona A - Valencia Sep 1, 2013 La Liga W 2-3 Sub-Off 90 min 0 1 2 0 1 6 1 0
Barcelona H - Atletico Aug 28, 2013 Sup Cup D 0-0 Started 0 0 2 0 1 4 0 0
Barcelona A - Malaga Aug 25, 2013 La Liga W 0-1 Sub-On 62 0 0 3 1 1 3 0 0
Barcelona A - Atletico Aug 21, 2013 Sup Cup D 1-1 Sub-On 58 1 0 1 1 2 1 1 0
Barcelona H - Levante Aug 18, 2013 La Liga W 7-0 Sub-On 63 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0
Brazil A - Switzerland Aug 14, 2013 Int L 1-0 Started 0 0 2 0 2 3 1 0
Brazil H - Spain Jun 30, 2013 Conf W 3-0 Started 1 0 2 1 3 4 0 0
Brazil H - Uruguay Jun 26, 2013 Conf W 2-1 Sub-Off 90 min 0 1 4 3 1 8 0 0
Brazil A - Italy Jun 22, 2013 Conf W 2-4 Sub-Off 68 min 1 0 3 1 6 8 1 0
Brazil H - Mexico Jun 19, 2013 Conf W 2-0 Started 1 1 4 2 6 6 0 0
Brazil H - Japan Jun 15, 2013 Conf W 3-0 Sub-Off 73 min 1 0 2 1 2 4 0 0
Brazil H - France Jun 9, 2013 Int W 3-0 Sub-Off 88 min 0 1 3 0 3 3 0 0
Brazil H - England Jun 2, 2013 Int D 2-2 Started 0 0 7 3 2 4 0 0
Santos FC H - Flamengo May 26, 2013 Bras D 0-0 Unused Substitute
Santos FC H - Corinthians May 19, 2013 Paulista L 1-1 Started 0 0 0 0 2 6 0 0
Santos FC A - Corinthians May 12, 2013 Paulista L 2-1 Started 0 1 2 1 2 2 0 0
Santos FC A - Mogi Mirim May 4, 2013 Paulista W (4) 1-(5) 1 Started 0 0 2 1 2 6 0 0
Santos FC H - Palmeiras Apr 27, 2013 Paulista W (4) 1-(2) 1 Started 0 0 5 3 2 5 0 0
Brazil H - Chile Apr 24, 2013 Int D 2-2 Started 1 1 2 1 1 8 0 0
Santos FC H - null Apr 21, 2013 Paulista W 2-1 Started 0 2 2 1 0 3 0 0
Santos FC H - null Apr 17, 2013 null W 2-0 Unused Substitute
Santos FC A - null Apr 13, 2013 Paulista W 0-4 Started 4 0 7 4 0 3 0 0
Santos FC H - Sao Caetano Apr 4, 2013 Paulista D 1-1 Started 1 0 12 6 4 9 1 0
Santos FC A - Oeste Mar 31, 2013 Paulista W 1-2 Started 1 0 10 7 0 4 0 0
Santos FC H - Mogi Mirim Mar 28, 2013 Paulista D 2-2 Started 0 1 6 3 2 3 0 0
Brazil H - Russia Mar 25, 2013 Int D 1-1 Started 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brazil A - Italy Mar 21, 2013 Int D 2-2 Started 0 1 3 2 2 1 0 0
Santos FC H - Guarani SP Mar 16, 2013 Paulista W 2-1 Started 0 1 6 4 1 3 0 0
Santos FC H - Corinthians Mar 3, 2013 Paulista D 0-0 Started 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0
Santos FC A - Ponte Preta Feb 17, 2013 Paulista L 3-1 Started 0 0 1 1 1 3 0 1
Santos FC H - Paulista FC Feb 10, 2013 Paulista L 1-3 Started 1 0 4 1 2 7 1 0
Brazil A - England Feb 6, 2013 Int L 2-1 Started 0 0 5 1 1 1 0 0
Santos FC H - São Paulo Feb 3, 2013 Paulista W 3-1 Started 1 2 3 2 0 9 0 0
Santos FC A - Ituano Jan 30, 2013 Paulista W 0-1 Started 0 0 2 1 2 4 0 0
Santos FC A - Bragantino Jan 27, 2013 Paulista D 2-2 Started 1 0 6 2 0 10 0 0
Santos FC H - Botafogo Jan 23, 2013 Paulista W 3-0 Started 1 0 5 3 1 2 0 0
Santos FC A - Sao Bernardo Jan 19, 2013 Paulista W 1-3 Started 2 0 5 3 0 6 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