Neymar, Brazil

Neymar, Brazil

Neymar, Brazil

Personal information
Full name Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior
Date of birth 5 February 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward, winger
Club information
Current club Barcelona
Number 11
Youth career
1999–2003 Portuguesa Santista
2003–2009 Santos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Santos 103 (54)
2013– Barcelona 26 (9)
National team
2009 Brazil U17 3 (1)
2011 Brazil U20 7 (9)
2012 Brazil U23 7 (4)
2010– Brazil 48 (31)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:36, 17 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:22, 3 June 2014 (UTC)

Age: 21
Club: Barcelona

Brazil’s newest hero will be expected to shoulder the expectations of millions this summer.

As hosts, the Selecao will be expected to win their sixth FIFA World Cup despite the fact that this team led by Luiz Felipe Scolari is far from special.

That may be a harsh assessment of a side which just convincingly won the 2013 Confederations Cup—seen as a dry run in South America for next summer’s spectacle—but man-for-man, this XI is nowhere close to the glories of old.

Scolari knows this, and in turn, he’s built a Brazilian side around their precocious, awe-inspiring talent. Neymar operates in a free role from the left-hand side of the Selecao’s system, with striker Fred deployed to detract attention and create room for his countryman to work in.

The Barcelona trickster has pace, quick feet, an eye for goal and a stunning pass, so keep your eyes peeled whenever he gets on the ball in the final third.