Neymar born Neymar da Silva Santos Junior is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Barcelona. He currently plays for the Brazil national team as a forward or winger. In 2011 Neymar won the South American Footballer of the Year award by a record margin. Neymar also received nominations for the 2011 and 2012 Ballon d'Or. Neymar is a player known for his speed, dribbling and finishing. His playing style has earned him comparisons with Lionel Messi and FIFA Footballer of the Century Pele.
Neymar joined Santos in 2003 and went through the youth levels and made his debut for the club in 2009. He was voted Best Young Player of the 2009 Campeonato Paulista. He was the top scorer in the 2010 Copa do Brasil with 11 goals. He helped the club to win the double in 2010. Neymar has netted over 120 goals in over 200 matches at the club. Neymar has had huge attention from European clubs since he began playing. Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona look to be the likely candidates for his signature. Neymar has won three Campeonato Paulista titles at the club.
Neymar's international career has been impressive. Neymar has played for Brazil U-17, U-20 and at U-23 youth levels before making his debut in 2010 aged 18 years old in a match against United States in which he scored his first goal for the nation. Neymar has also played in the 2011 Copa America and 2012 Summer Olympics. Neymar has been ranked as one of the world's richest footballers behind the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Neymar is also the avid endorser of the limited edition Nike Green Speed boot.