Neymar da Silva is a famous Brazilian footballer who plays for the Brazilian national team and FC Barcelona. At the age of 23 he has already become of the most popular football players in the world and his form is constantly increasing from one season to another. The Brazilian star was born in 1992 in Santos and at the age of 7 he joined the academy of the football club Santos. His career developement grew and Neymar even spent a year in the academy of Real Madrid but then returned to Brazil. In 2009 Neymar signed his first professional contract with Santos and the next year the Brazilian star won Copa Libertadores. The year 2011 was also significant for the young football star because Junior Neymar obtained FIFA Puskas Award and declared the best footballer of South America. Besides, he was nominated to the FIFA Ballon d’Or but lost to Lionel Messi in 2011.
The new era began for Neymar in 2013 when he was transferred to the Spanish team, Barcelona and became one of the team leaders. The new Barcelonian star scored a goal in his first official match against Atletico Madrid and this goal brought Barca the Spanish Super Cup. Neymar had a good season but Barca won no other trophy, therefore it wasn’t called a successful season for the young Brazilian star. The second season started more successfully – Neymar got in extremely good shape and became an integral part of well-known Barcelona trio – Messi-Neymar-Suarez. The Catalan team defeated Atletico in the quarterfinal of the Spanish Cup and in La liga Barcelona is one point below Real Madrid. Neymar has scored 16 goals already this season in the championship. Neymar transfer to Barcelona is also connected with huge scandal. It was said that Barca paid Santos about 90 million euro but according to the official documents the amount of transfer was about 50 million. This scandal forced the previous president of FC Barcelona to leave his post. The new president became Juan Maria Bartomea whose presidential term will end in summer 2015.
For Brazil, Neymar has become a leader and the young star proved it during the World Cup took place in summer 2014. He did everything possible to help the team obtain main prize but he was injured in quarterfinal and couldn’t play in the tourney anymore. Brazil was defeated by the German team in semifinal by a devastating score of 1:7. A year earlier Neymar along with the Brazilian team won the Confederation Cup and during the tourney. He was awarded the best player of the Cup.