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15 facts about Neymar!

Here are 15 facts about Neymar, the Brazilian football player, that you maybe didn’t know.

 

 

 

1. Neymar’s full name is Neymar da Silva Santos Junior
2. He was born on 5th February 1992 in Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil.
3. He is 5′ 9″ tall (about 1.75 metres).
4. As a youth, he played for Portuguesa Santista and Santos FC.
5. On 7th March 2009 he made his full professional debut for Santos FC. He was only 17 years old. He went on to score 14 goals in his first season.
6. In 2010, Neymar scored five goals in a victory against Guarani in the Brazilian Cup.
7. He scored 42 goals in 60 games during the 2010 season.
8. In 2011 he won the South American Footballer of the Year award for the first time. He retained the award in 2012, after scoring 43 goals in 47 appearances.
9. Neymar joined FC Barcelona on 27th May 2013. The transfer fee was £48.6 million.
10. He made his first appearance for the Brazil national side on 10th August 2010 in a friendly against the United States. He scored after 28 minutes.
11. In 2012 he scored a hat-trick for Brazil in a friendly against China.
12. He has scored more than 20 international goals.
13. Neymar can play as a forward, a winger or as a creative midfielder.
14. His footballing idols are Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Andres Iniesta and Xavi.
15. The great Brazilian forward, Pele, is of the opinion that Neymar is a better player than Lionel Messi.

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