At 32 years old, Neymar has this physical status:
Neymar began playing football at an early age, and Santos gave him a new deal in 2003, where the Brazilian academy, which has in the past, produced Brazilian internationals like Coutinho, Clodoaldo, Diego, Elano, and Alex. Pepe, Pelé, and Robinho were among Pepe, Pelé, and Robinho's teammates who began his Pepe, Pelé, and Robinho's nickname in the club's career, nicknamed Peixe. Neymar met Paulo Henrique Ganso in the youth academy, making them good friends along the way. Neymar, 14, travelled to Spain to try outs with the Real Madrid youth team, when Real Madrid was ruled by Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Roberto Carlos, and Robinho. He did not stay in Madrid, though, because his father decided at the time that the young prodigy wanted to keep growing up while playing in Santos.
Despite being just 17 years old, Neymar made his professional debut on March 7, 2009. In a 2–1 win over Oeste, he was brought on for the last thirty minutes. He scored his first goal for Santos against Mogi Mirim this week. In a 2–1 victory over Palmeiras in the 2009 Campeonato Paulista semi-finals, Neymar scored the decisive goal on April 11th. Santos went 4–2 aggregate loss to Corinthians in the final, but not in the final. Neymar scored 14 goals in 48 games in his first season.
Neymar resumed his ascension in 2010 and scored five goals for Santos in an 8–1 victory over Guarani in the Brazilian Cup qualifying stages. After a 5–5 aggregate victory over Santo André in the finals, the team were crowned champions following the 2010 Campeonato Paulista in which Neymar scored 14 goals in 19 games. Neymar was named the highest player in the league at the time. Neymar's Santos appearances have been likened to others Brazilians, including Robinho and Brazilian legend Pelé.
Santos turned down a £12 million bid from English Premier League team West Ham United, and Chelsea's offer from another English club, Chelsea, was estimated to be in the region of £20 million. Despite Santos' refusal to sell and Neymar himself's statement that Neymar's agent, Wagner Ribeiro, said that his aim, "I'm only interested in Santos," he said. He may never have done that while playing in Brazil. However, one year later, Neymar admitted in an interview with the Daily Telegraph that he had been delighted with Chelsea's participation in him as it had been a "dream" of his "to play in Europe, while still insisting that staying in Brazil had been the correct call at the time.
Santos sold a 5% share of future transfer fees he would receive from Terceira Estrela Investimentos S.A. (TEISA), worth R$ 3,549,900 (€1.5 million). His family had sold a 40% stake in Neymar's sporting rights to the DIS Esporte group, which had been a long-serving strategic partner of Santos' football team for many years.
Despite his first two seasons as a success, ending the 2010 season with a record of 42 goals in 60 games, Neymar's apparent passion for diving had been uncovered, rather than trying to repeat his run or his attitude. On September 15, 2010, the Santos' boss, Dorival Jnior, brought another player to take the penalty for a foul on Neymar. And if Santos went on to win, Neymar had missed a crucial goal during the Copa do Brasil final of that year, owing to the fact that Neymar had missed a crucial penalty during the Copa do Brasil final of that year. Neymar turned his back on his boss, was forced to be calmed down by a linesman and argued with his captain, Edu Dracena, who reacted angrily to this. The fallout from this tournament was that Dorival Jnior wanted Neymar suspended for two weeks, but the board sided with the player and promptly dismissed the manager. Despite Neymar's apology for the incident, there are still some concerns regarding his behaviour. Neymar, a student at the University of On December 10, 2010, he came third for the 2010 South American Footballer of the Year, behind Andrés D'Alessandro and Juan Sebastián Verón.
Neymar scored six goals during Santos' 2011 Copa Libertadores Finals appearance, tying him for third top goalscorer, as well as the clinching goal against Cerro Porteo in the semi-finals. Santos lost the first leg 0–0 in Montevideo over two legs in the two-legged final against Uruguayan side Pearol. Neymar opened the scoring in the 46th minute as Santos dominated by a 2–1 win and Neymar received Man of the Match awards. Santos won their first Copa Libertadores title since 1963, when Brazilian legend Pelé was playing for the team.
Following reports that Neymar had attempted to sign a pre-contract agreement, Santos club president Luis Ribeiro threatened to sue Real Madrid to FIFA, they informed FIFA that the two clubs had attempted to sign Neymar to a pre-contract deal, but denied that such a deal was in place in September 2011. Neymar and Santos also agreed to a contract extension on November 9, 2011 that will see the player remain with the team until the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. According to reports, Neymar's wages have risen by 50% to the point where top European clubs are paying him. Santos defeated Kashiwa Reysol 3-1 in the FIFA Club World Cup semi-finals on December 14, 2011, but Santos were unable to score against Barcelona in the final on December 18, 2011, where Santos finished runners-up. In a 5–4 loss, he received the 2011 FIFA Puskás Award for scoring a solo goal in the Brasileir's Série A against Flamengo. He received the 2011 South American Footballer of the Year award for the first time in a historic manner, following Diego Maradona, Romário, Pelé, and Zico.
Neymar scored his 100th goal as a professional footballer against Palmeiras in the Campeonato Paulista on February 5, 2012. He scored two goals, one of which was from 25 yards, and had two assists in his team's 6–1 victory over Ponte Preta on February 25, 2012. Santos defeated Brazilian rivals Internacional 3–1 in the Copa Libertadores Group stage match on March 7, 2012, Neymar netted a hat-trick as Santos saw off a hat-trick. He had a brace against Guaratinguetá in a 5–0 victory on March 29. Neymar scored a hat-trick in the match against So Paulo on April 29, 2012, resulting in a tumultuous match ending 3-1. He then went on to score twice in the first and second legs of the 2012 Campeonato Paulista Finals against Guarani, which ended 7–2 on aggregate. Neymar finished the 2012 Campeonato Paulista with 20 goals and was voted the Best Player and Best Forward, as well as the Santos, who were crowned champions. After Santos were defeated over two legs by eventual champions Corinthians in the semi-finals, he was joint top scorer in the Copa Libertadores with eight goals.
In the 2–1 away win at Palmeiras on August 25, he scored a brace. Neymar scored a hat-trick and assisted Felipe Anderson's goal in Cruzeiro's Brasileiro Away fixture on November 3, 2012, helping his team win by 4–0. Neymar closed the 2012 season in a fashion, with first setup Victor Andrade's equalizer and later scoring twice to put Santos up by 3–1 home victory over Palmeiras. Neymar was named the Best Player of the 2012 Recopa Sudamericana, with him scoring in the second leg and winning the overall 2–0. He made the 2012 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A with 14 goals and was named Best Forward. Neymar completed the 2012 season by receiving the Golden Ball, Arthur Friedenreich Award, and the Armando Nobé Award. He was one of three finalists in the 2012 FIFA Puskás Award and came in runners-up behind Miroslav Stoch. He received the 2012 South American Footballer of the Year award, retaining his award and winning it ahead of Ronaldinho's likes.
In the first match, Neymar scored twice, which resulted in a 3–1 victory over San Bernardo on January 19, 2013. Neymar scored again against Botafogo on January 23, 2013 in a 3–0 victory. Santos defeated 3–1, with Neymar scoring and giving two assists on the 3rd of February 3, 2013 in the Paulista match against So Paulo, where Santos defeated 3–1, where Santos won 3–1. Neymar expressed his desire to play in Europe, for a major club like Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Chelsea, on March 18, 2013. However, he went on to say, "There's no point in speculation when I'll leave Santos." "I'll leave when I want to."
Santos beat Uni Barbarense 4–0 in the Paulista on Monday, with Neymar scoring all four goals, had another disallowed, and struck the post. Neymar's agent and father revealed on April 25, 2013 that he intended to leave for Europe before the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Neymar was in tears during the national anthem as he approached his last match for Santos on May 26 against Flamengo.
Santos revealed on May 24 that they had two bids for Neymar. After participating in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup for the first time, Neymar announced on the following day that he would sign with Barcelona on May 27th and join the team. Neither Neymar nor the clubs announced information about the transfer fee or personal terms, except to say that he did sign a five-year contract. Neymar was unveiled by Barcelona on June 3rd after passing medical examinations and a deal that would keep him at the club until June 2018.
Neymar was unveiled at the Camp Nou in front of 56,500 supporters, a record-breaking figure for a Brazilian player. Neymar's transfer fee was €57.1 million, according to club vice president Josep Maria Bartomeu, who set his release clause at €190 million. To be able to function physically in Spanish football, Barcelona's doctor said he'll need to gain weight.
The prosecutor's office in Madrid launched an inquiry into the transfer fee that Barcelona paid for Neymar in January 2014. The papers submitted to the authorities on demand contained conflicting information. Rosell resigned from his post as president on January 23, 2014. The transfer was confirmed by Barcelona a day later; they had no money left on the transfer, with Neymar's parents informed to have received a €40 million payout. Tax evasion had been charged with Barcelona and Bartomeu in the aftermath.
Barcelona defeated Lechia Gda 22-0 in a pre-season friendly on July 30, 2013; Neymar made his unofficial debut when he arrived as a replacement. In a 7–1 victory over a Thailand XI on August 7, the Rajamangala National Stadium scored his first goal for the club.
In a 7-0 victory over Levante, Neymar made his competitive debut for Barcelona as a 63rd-minute replacement for Alexis Sánchez. He scored his first competitive goal for the club in the first leg of the 2013 Supercopa de Espaa against Atlético Madrid on August 21: seven minutes after coming on as a substitute for Pedro, he led Dani Alves' cross to equalize in a 1–1 draw at the Vicente Calderón Stadium as Barcelona claimed the away goals rule for his first trophy at the club. Barça defeated Ajax 4–0 in their first match of the 2013–14 tournament on September 18, making him his UEFA Champions League debut and assisting a Gerard Piqué goal.
In Barcelona's 4–1 victory over Real Sociedad at Camp Nou six days later, Neymar scored his first goal in La Liga. Barcelona defeated Real Madrid 2–1 at Camp Nou on October 26th, he made his first El Clásico appearance, scoring the first goal and assisting the team in its winning goal. Neymar scored a hat-trick in Barcelona's last Group H match on December 11th, scoring his first three Champions League goals as he advanced to a hat-trick.
Neymar scored his first two goals of the 2014–15 season on September 13, 2014, beating Athletic Bilbao 2–0. In a 6–0 victory over Granada on September 27th, he scored in his next three La Liga matches, including the first goal in a 1–3 loss to Real Madrid at Estadio Bernabéu.
Neymar scored twice and assisted two more goals in a 6–0 victory over Elche on January 24th. In a 3–2 Copa del Rey quarter-final victory over Atlético Madrid on January 28, he scored his 20th goal of the season. Neymar scored twice in Barcelona's 3–1 Copa del Rey semi-final victory over Villarreal on March 4th to qualify the club for its 37th Spanish Cup final appearance. Neymar brought his tally to 30 goals for the season by scoring twice in Barcelona's 2–0 Champions League quarter-final victory over Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).
Neymar scored the last goal in a 3–0 victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals in May, the third month of the season. In a 3–2-second leg loss at the Allianz Arena last week, he scored both the team's goals, ensuring Barça would qualify for the 2015 UEFA Champions League Finals. In a 2–0 league victory over Real Sociedad, he also started the scoring with a header, giving Barça a four-point advantage over Real Madrid with only two games remaining.
Barcelona defeated Athletic Bilbao 3–1 at Camp Nou on May 30, securing the league title after beating Atlético Madrid 1–0 at the Vicente Calderón on May 17th. Neymar scored the second goal for Barça in the 2015 Copa del Rey Final. With Barcelona's victory likely, he did tricks with the ball in the final stages of the game, which was deemed unsportable by opponent Andoni Iraola. Luis Enrique, Barcelona's manager, claimed that it had to be understood that such conduct was acceptable in Brazil, although Neymar's did not apologise.
Neymar scored his third goal for Barça in the 3–1 Champions League Final loss to Italian champions Juventus in Berlin's Olympiastadion, ensuring the club won its fifth European Cup on June 6, 2015. Barcelona was the first team in history to win the treble of domestic league, domestic cup, and the European Cup twice. On a personal note, he was the eighth player in football to win both the Copa Libertadores and the UEFA Champions League, as the first player to score in finals in both leagues. Neymar scored 39 goals in all competitions and 10 in the Champions League, making him joint highest scorer with Cristiano Ronaldo and teammate Lionel Messi in the latter competition. Since compatriot Kaká in 2006–07, he was the first player from those two teams to top the competition's scoring list. Messi, Luis Suárez, and Neymar, Barcelona's attacking trio, dubbed "MSN," scored 122 goals, the most in a season for an attacking trio in Spanish football history.
Neymar was supposed to miss the 2015 UEFA Super Cup and the 2015 Supercopa de Espaa due to the mumps. Neymar scored four goals in Barcelona's 5–2 home victory over Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on October 17th, taking his total number to eight goals for the season to eight. In Barcelona's 4–0 away victory over Real Madrid on November 21, Neymar scored one and gave Andrés Iniesta a back heel assist. In a 4–0 home win over Real Sociedad on November 28, he scored twice, bringing his La Liga total number to 14 goals in 12 games to 14. Neymar was shortlisted for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or alongside Messi and Ronaldo on November 30, 2015, and subsequently came third. Neymar scored a late winner in Barcelona's 2–0 extra time victory over Sevilla in the 2016 Copa del Rey Final at the Vicente Calderón on May 22, 2016, the club's second straight season, after defeating them in the previous season. Messi, Suárez, and Neymar's front three scored 131 goals, breaking the record for the most goals by an attacking trio in a single season.
Neymar had a miraculous and heralded Barcelona's resurrection in the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League round of 16, scoring two goals and supporting Sergi Roberto's crucial goal during the closing seven-minute sequence, of which he was voted man of the match based on his efforts. This second leg match against PSG in the first leg from 14 February 2017 was the biggest comeback in Champions League history, despite losing 4–0.
In a 4–1 victory over Granada on May 2, 2017, Neymar scored his 100th goal for Barcelona in his 177th game for the club, scoring in his 177th game for the club. Barcelona defeated Alavés 3-1 in Madrid on May 27th, with Neymar scoring in the 2017 Copa del Rey Final, his 105th goal for the club.
Neymar's legal representatives made a payment of €222 million to the club on August 3, 2017, the most expensive transfer ever, according to the release clause in his deal. So that they can determine any disciplinary charges that may result from this situation, the club informed UEFA in order to determine any potential legal issues arising from this situation. According to the BBC, the release clause in Spain must be enabled by the footballer himself. The situation was unusual in that the fee was paid directly to the club after La Liga had refused to receive the money. Usually, the buyout clause is agreed to by La Liga in order to free the player from his deal, and the league then passes the money to the selling club. However, La Liga withdrep denied the payment, citing PSG's Financial Fair Play (FFP) guidelines, which are funded by funds from Qatar's Gulf state.
Neymar joined French club Paris Saint-Germain on a 2022 deal, which will run until 2022. Javier Pastore's number ten jersey was given to him as a "welcome gift."
FC Barcelona filed a lawsuit against Neymar on August 27, 2017, arguing that the contract renewal reward was returned to him as well as a 10% interest on the arrears. They owe money that Neymar received as part of a pay increase after he started a new career in 2016. If the player is unable to do so himself, the club has also requested that Paris Saint-Germain assume responsibility for the payment of the fees. Lawyers for Neymar also announced that they would contest the lawsuit.
Neymar made his Les Rouge-et-Bleu debut on August 13, 2017, scoring a goal and assisting another in a 3–0 away victory over Guingamp. In the next Ligue 1 fixture against Toulouse, he added two more goals to his tally. Neymar scored one goal in PSG's two first games of the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League group stage, with the team winning 5–0 at Celtic and 3–0 at home over Bayern Munich respectively.
Neymar fractured his fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot during a 3–0 win over Marseille on February 25, 2018. He travelled to Belo Horizonte and underwent a fruitful surgery on his foot. He was unable to play again for PSG because of the injury and ended his first season in Paris with 28 goals in 30 matches.
In a 3–0 victory over Caen at Parc des Princes on August 12, 2018, Neymar scored PSG's first league goal of the 2018-19 season. PSG defeated Guingamp 3–1 in Ligue 1 after Neymar scored from a penalty in his next game. The front three of Neymar, Mbappé, and Cavani all scored in a 3-1 victory over Angers at home, with Neymar scoring from Mbappé's cut back and setting up Cavani to score the opener.
Neymar won by 6–1 over Red Star Belgrade in a Champions League group stage match on October 3, 2018. He sustained a foot injury in late January 2019 that prevented him from participating in his team's Champions League round of 16 matches against Manchester United F.C. Neymar took to Instagram after United PSG was kicked out of PSG for a stoppage-time penalty to United. Neymar was banned from three matches because of the insult.
Neymar scored in the 2019 Coupe de France Final against Rennes on April 27, but Rennes made a comeback and won on penalties. Neymar was caught on video after the match punching a spectator in the chest. The spectator had been filming and chastising PSG players. PSG said they supported Neymar "100 percent" as a result of the incident. Neymar admitted he was wrong, but argued that neither he nor anyone else could have remained indifferent. After losing, PSG coach Thomas Tuchel replied, "It's not straightforward to scale the stairs." We must behave with respect if we lose. You shouldn't come into conflict with a spectator," says the writer.
Neymar was out of action in July 2019 while PSG was discussing discipline. Neymar decided to remain at PSG until talks came to a halt over a return to Barcelona prior to the transfer deadline in late August.
Neymar made his first appearance for PSG in the 2019-2020 season on September 14 in a 1–0 victory over Strasbourg in Ligue 1. From a bicycle kick, he scored the winning goal in injury time in the second half. PSG defeated Lyon 1–0 at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais a week later. He was again a late winner.
Neymar sustained a hamstring injury in October while on international service with Brazil and returned to PSG in a 2–2 draw at Champions League group match against Real Madrid. PSG defeated Dortmund 2–1 on February 18, 2020, despite him scoring a crucial away goal in the first leg at Signal Iduna Park. Neymar's side won the second leg and made a comeback of their own in the Champions League, defeating Dortmund 2–0 (3–2 on aggregate). He scored a header from a corner shot by ngel Di Mara and then made a play that culminated in his colleague Juan Bernat scoring the second goal.
Neymar claimed his third league title after PSG was named Ligue 1 early in the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Neymar scored his side's lone goal in a 1–0 victory over Saint-Étienne in the Coupe de France Final on July 24, 2020, his second Coupe de France title with the club. Following a 0–0 draw after extra time, Paris Saint-Germain sealed the final 6–5 on penalties over Lyon on July 31. He assisted the equalizing goal in injury time in the Champions League quarter-final against Atalanta on August 12th, an eventual 2–1 victory. He scored one goal in a 3–0 win, bringing PSG to the Champions League final for the first time in history; PSG lost 1–0 to Bayern Munich on August 23.
Neymar was disqualified from the first match of the 2020-21 season because he had tested positive for COVID-19 a week before; PSG lost by a score of 1–0 against Lens. However, he returned to training ahead of the match against Marseille on September 13, 2020. PSG lost Le Classique for the first time since 2011, defeating OM 1–0 in a match that saw 14 yellow cards and five red cards issued out by the referee, one of each to Neymar.
In a 6–1 victory over Angers on October 2nd, Neymar scored his first two goals of the season. He made it to the top ten goal scorers in PSG history by doing so, scoring his 72nd for the club, putting him level with Ra. Neymar sustained an adductor injury in a match against stanbul Başakşehir on October 28th, putting the match in jeopardy after 26 minutes of play. He returned to action as a replacement in a 3–2 loss to Monaco on November 20th, and scored his first goal after recovering from injury in a 1–0 victory over RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League on November 24th.
Neymar scored his 50th goal in Ligue 1 on Sunday, converting a penalty in PSG's 2–2 draw against Bordeaux on November 28. This made him the fastest player in the club's history to reach 50 league goals, despite winning in only 58 games. In a 3–1 Champions League victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford on December 2, he scored two goals. Neymar scored his third hat-trick against stanbul Başakşehir in PSG's final group match, winning 5–1 and qualifying for the knockout stage as group champions. He was the first player in European Cup and Champions League history to score 20 goals for two different clubs, including 21 goals for Barcelona in 40 games and 20 for PSG in 25 games. Neymar sustained an ankle injury after a tackle from Thiago Mendes on December 13th and had to be stretchered off the field after losing 1–0. He avoided a fracture, but he was banned from action for three weeks due to a sprain. In a 2–1 victory over Marseille in the Trophée des Champions on January 13, 2021, his return was exactly one month after his injury, with Neymar scoring the winning goal from a penalty. In a 1–0 cup victory over Caen on Sunday, he sustained a left adductor injury, effectively leaving him out for four weeks. He was back in action on Sunday, as a replacement in a 4–2 league victory over Lyon.
In the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain was beaten by Manchester City in the semi-finals. Neymar was unable to attend PSG's loss to Barcelona but he was involved in both matches of the quarter-finals against Bayern Munich and both semi-finals against Man City. He renewed his deal with PSG until 2025 on May 8.
Lionel Messi, Neymar's former Barcelona teammate, signed for PSG on August 10th, 2021. Neymar made his first appearance of the season on August 29 in a 2–0 win over Reims. Messi started at the 66th minute of the game, making his French club debut. In a 2–1 victory over Lyon, Neymar scored his first goal of the 2021-22 season on 19 September 19, converting a penalty. On November 6th, he scored his 400th goal in his career against Bordeaux, where he had a brace and helped the team win the match 3–2.
In a 3–1 victory over Saint-Étienne on November 28, 2021, Neymar sustained an ankle injury. At the 85th minute of the match, he was taken off on a stretcher. He returned from injury in a Champions League match against Real Madrid on February 15, 2022, where he came on as a replacement and assisted Mbappé in winning the match 1–0. In a match against Nantes that was 4 days later, he returned to league play and his first appearance in 2022; he scored a goal and missed a penalty in a 3–1 loss. In a 5–0 win over Metz on May 21, 2022, he scored his 100th goal with PSG.
Following Neymar's good start to the 2010 World Cup, including winning the 2010 Copa do Brasil in which Neymar was the top goalscorer, and the 2010 Campeonato Paulista in which Neymar scored 14 goals, former Brazilian football players Pelé and Romário were reportedly urging coach Dunga to welcome Neymar to the 2010 World Cup, he pleaded guilty. Despite the widespread belief that Neymar deserved a spot in Dunga's squad, the petition that demanded Dunga's squad was dismissed from both the squad of 23 and the stand-by list, despite the huge pressure on Dunga to select Neymar. Despite the fact that Dunga referred to Neymar as "highly gifted," he said he had not been sufficiently tested on the international level to earn a World Cup spot, and he had failed to impress enough while on international service.
Neymar was selected by Brazil's senior team for the first time by new head coach Mano Menezes for a friendly match against the United States in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on July 26, 2010. On August 10, 2010, he made his national team debut in the season, age 18 years old, starting the match and wearing the number 11 jersey. In a 2–0 victory for Brazil, he scored on his debut after 28 minutes, a header from an André Santos cross. "Being on the Brazilian team is a privilege," Neymar said on March 1, 2011. In a 2–0 win over Scotland at the Emirates Stadium on March 27, 2011, he scored twice. After a banana was thrown onto the pitch during the match against Scotland, Neymar was forced to protest "continuous persecution and a climate of bigotry," implying that Scottish supporters exhibited bigotry. Although Scottish officials told Neymar that they had been barred solely for perceived injury-feigning, a German student attending the stadium with no racist motives said he tost the banana. The Scottish Football Association has requested that the Brazilian Football Confederation release an apology for the accusations made against the Scottish supporters. Neymar has refused to apologize or retract his words, saying he "did not sue any individual or any group of supporters" in any case.
In Brazil's 6–0 victory over Uruguay, Neymar was the leading goal scorer of the 2011 South American Youth Championship, with nine goals, including two in the final. He also played in the 2011 Copa América in Argentina, scoring two goals in the first round match against Ecuador, where he scored two goals. In Brazil's first match against Venezuela, he was named 'Man of the Match', which resulted in a 1-1 draw. Brazil was disqualified in the quarterfinals of a penalty shootout against Paraguay (2–2 a.t.). (with Neymar being activated in the 80th minute.
Neymar was selected for the Brazil Olympic football team's squad in London on May 11, 2012, and he will compete in the London 2012 Olympic Games. Neymar was involved in both goals of a 2–0 victory against Brazil's host country Great Britain on Sunday, first contributing a free kick into the six-yard box for Sandro's header and then converting a penalty.
Neymar scored his first goal of the 2012 Summer Olympics in Brazil's first match against Egypt on July 26, 2012, resulting in a 3–2 win for Brazil. Brazil beat Belarus 3–1 in the following match at Old Trafford in Manchester, Neymar scored a free-kick from 25-yards into the top-right corner of the goal and set up goals for Alexandre Pato's header with a cross from the right and Oscar with a back heel, as Brazil secured their qualification in the quarterfinals. "I scored and gave two assists," he said later, so for me, it was perfect."
Neymar scored a penalty, his third goal of the tournament, and assisted in Leandro Damio's second goal on the match on August 5, 2012, helping Brazil beat Honduras 32-0 to win by the quarter-finals. Brazil defeated Mexico 2–1 in the final at Wembley Stadium in London on August 11th.
In an 8–0 victory over China over the Estádio José do Rego Maciel in Recife on September 10, Neymar scored his first complete international hat-trick. Neymar scored the winner over Argentina 2–1 in the first leg of the 2012 Superclásico de las Américas at the Estádio Serra Dourada in Goiânia, Brazil, on September 19th.
Neymar was selected as part of Luiz Felipe Scolari's Brazil squad for the 2013 Confederations Cup on home soil. He was given the number ten shirt for the tournament after having previously worn 11.
In a 3–0 victory over Japan at the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha on June 15, Neymar scored the first goal of the tournament. Brazil beat Mexico 2–0 in their second match after Neymar scored after nine minutes and crossed for Jô's late goal. Brazil defeated Italy 4–2, with a solid free kick from the edge of the penalty area as he scored in his third match in a row. He received his third straight man-of-the-match award.
Neymar was involved in Fred's first goal and then scored Brazil's second in the 3–0 final victory over Spain on June 30. Neymar's career earned him the Golden Ball for player of the tournament.
Neymar won a friendly win over South Africa in Johannesburg on March 5, 2014, scoring a hat-trick. Since the final whistle, a South African boy ran onto the pitch, he made headlines for his conduct. Neymar intervened and welcomed the boy to his Brazil teammates before they lifted him in the air during their celebrations.
Neymar was selected in the Brazil squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 2nd. Brazil's star player, Neymar, was supposed to lead Brazil to their sixth World Cup victory and first on home soil, and the first on home soil as the team's star player Neymar was supposed to lead Brazil to their sixth World Cup triumph and first title on home soil. Neymar scored once and had two assists in a 4–0 friendly victory over Panama one week before the team's opening match.
In the tournament's first match against Croatia in Sao Paulo, Neymar earned his 50th international cap. Neymar elbowed Croatian midfielder Luka Modrio in the 26th minute, resulting in Neymar's release of a yellow card. Many commentators agreed that Neymar's punishment was excessive, and that he should have been issued a red card. He equalized before halftime with a shot from outside the box and gave Brazil the lead in the second half with a penalty kick following a controversial call by the referee in an eventual 3–1 victory. In the third group match, the Seleç'o defeated Cameroon 4–1 to advance to the knockout stage, with him scoring twice. The match ended 1–1 after 120 minutes against Chile, with Neymar scoring what was to be the winning kick for Brazil.
Neymar was kneed in the back by Juan Camilo Ziga in the quarter-final victory over Colombia, while playing for the ball, and had to be evacuated from the pitch on a stretcher. Neymar had a fractured vertebra in his spine, resulting in his absence from the remainder of the World Cup, according to a hospital report. Neymar assisted Thiago Silva's opening goal with a cross from a corner kick earlier in the match. After assisting David Luiz's goal in the previous round against Chile, it was the second time a Neymar contribution from a corner in the tournament. Brazil will ultimately lose in the semi-finals to Germany on August 8th, with injured talisman Neymar and suspended captain Thiago Silva.
Neymar was selected on the 10-man shortlist for FIFA's Golden Ball award for the tournament's top player on July 11. He earned the Bronze Boot as the tournament's third top goalcorer and was voted in the World Cup All Star XI.
New coach Dunga made Neymar captain after captain Thiago Silva was ruled out due to injury on September 5th, and he announced on September 5th that the captain will remain on as skipper on a permanent basis. For the first time in his international career, Neymar scored four goals in one game, defeating Japan 4–0 at the National Stadium, Singapore. Neymar had scored 40 goals in 58 internationals and was ranked fifth among the top goalcorers for his national team at the age of 22 years. In a 3–1 friendly victory over France in Paris on March 26, 2015, Neymar scored Brazil's second goal in Brazil's second goal.
Brazil defeated Peru 2–1 in Temuco on June 14th, 2015, Neymar scored the equalizer and assisted with the stoppage-time winning goal by Douglas Costa. Neymar was suspended after Brazil's second match, a 0–1 loss to Colombia in Santiago. He was suspended for intentionally kicking the ball at Pablo Armero, and as a result, Colombian striker Carlos Bacca was suspended, who was later dismissed. Neymar was banned for the remainder of the tournament, effectively ending him out for the remainder of the tournament in lieu of a $10,000 fine.
Neymar had been keen to participate in the Copa América Centenaryo and the Olympics in Rio during the summer of 2016, but the CBF was forced to pull him out of the first tournament after a request from Barcelona boss Luis Enrique. He was one of the three over-23 players to be included in Brazil's team for the 2016 Summer Olympics on home soil, and he was named team captain by Olympic team's coach Rogério Micale in late June.
Neymar scored Brazil's first goal of the match, from a direct free kick, as well as setting up his country's second goal in a 2-0 victory. Neymar scored twice, Brazil's first and last goals of the game, in Brazil's semi-final match against Honduras on August 18th.
Neymar opened the scoring against Germany in Rio on August 20th with a free-kick after 27 minutes. After Max Meyer equalized in the second half, the game came to a close 1–1. Brazil defeated Germany 5-4 on penalties, and Neymar scored the winning penalty, giving Brazil its first Olympic gold medal in men's football. He had been scrutinized both on and off the field, with several former Brazil players claiming that he was ineligible to captain the national team. Following their Olympic triumph, Neymar renounced the captaincy.
Neymar was named in Tite's final 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia in May 2018. In a 2–0 win over Croatia in a friendly match at Anfield on June 3, he made his international return from a three-month absence from a foot injury and scored a goal. He became Brazil's joint-third highest goalscorer alongside Romário last week as he scored his 55th international goal in a 3–0 friendly victory over Austria. Brazil defeated Costa Rica in their second World Cup match, played at the Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, on June 22. Neymar scored the team's second goal in injury time as Brazil defeated Costa Rica 21-0. He scored his 56th for Brazil, his sixth in all-time scoring rankings behind only Pelé and Ronaldo.
In a 2–0 victory over Mexico in the last 16, Neymar scored his second goal of the World Cup, while also assisting Roberto Firmino for his goals on July 2nd. Despite Neymar's "good results" being ranked in several reports at the World Cup, BBC Sport reported that "there is already a suspicion that he is highly unpopular among neutrals" due to his "competition and play-acting." "Neymar has charmed Brazil, but the entire world has been annoyed," Brazilian newspaper O Globo wrote. Brazil was eliminated after losing 2–1 against Belgium in the quarter-finals, with Neymar denied a time equalizer by a finger tip save from Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Neymar was included in Brazil's 23-man squad for the 2019 Copa América on home soil in May 2019. He sustained an ankle injury in a 2–0 friendly victory over Qatar on June 5th and was ruled out of the tournament, with Neymar expected to miss four weeks due to the injury.
Neymar played his 100th match for Brazil in a friendly draw 1–1 with Senegal in Singapore on October 10, 2019. He scored a hat-trick in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Peru, which Brazil defeated 4–2. He scored his 64th international goal and beat Ronaldo as the country's second top goalscorer of all time.
Neymar scored his team's second goal from the penalty spot on home soil on June 13, 2021, and later assisted Gabriel Barbosa in a 3–0 victory over Venezuela. He scored his second goal in the second match over Peru on June 17th. In an injury-time victory over Colombia, Casemiro assisted Casemiro's match-winning goal from a corner on June 23rd. Lucas Paquetá's goal was aided by him in a 1–0 victory over Chile in the quarter-finals of the tournament on July 2nd. He assisted Paquetá for the sole goal of the game against Peru three days later. Brazil was defeated 1–0 by Argentina in the final on July tenth. Despite the loss, Neymar was named the player of the tournament alongside Argentina's Messi for his outstanding results throughout the tournament.
Neymar scored his second goal in a 2–0 victory over Peru on September 9, 2021, beating Brazil's all-time top scorer in FIFA World Cup qualification matches with 12 in total.
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