If you are one of the Neymarzetes, you must already be aware that today is Neymar Jr’s 27th birthday. And obviously, you must be knowing that his full name is Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior. The second most marketable athlete in the world, this Brazilian footballer player has a success story which can inspire any teenager.
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He, currently, is considered as the best Brazilian talent the world has after the great Pele and is one of the most coveted footballers by any football club, thus making his position amongst the likes of Ronaldo and Messi.
Another footballer, Ronaldinho, says about him that "he will be the best in the world". And the odds are in his favour. He is just 27th. By the time he reaches the age of Messi, possibilities are that he will put Ronaldinho’s words into effect.
Having known all this, there still remain many things to know about this surreal player.
1. Neymar is named after his father who is a former footballer.
2. TIME Magazine has featured only this soccer player on its cover. Except him, only Brazilian politicians have made it to the coveted cover.
3. Neymar is blessed with a son named Davvi Luca. He became a father at the age of 19.
4. It was on his birthday in 2012 that he scored his glorious 100th professional goal.
5. He has dated the Brazilian actress Bruna Marquezine.
6. He won the South American Footballer of the Year Award twice, in 2011 and 2012.
7. Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo were featured on the Pro Evolution Soccer Video Game in 2012.
8. He was the most marketable athlete of the world in 2012 and 2013.
9. He was ranked the sixth best player in the world by Guardian in 2013.
10. He is often compared to the former Brazilian football player, Pele.
11. He looks up to Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Andres Iniesta and Xavi for his game.
12. In 2012, Forbes declared him the seventh-richest footballer in the world.
13. He is widely known for promoting Brazilian modern pop music. He even keeps surprising his fans by making appearances in music concerts.
14. His transfer from a South American Club to the Catalan club Barcelona, was one of the most expensive transfers ever as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea fought to sign him after he expressed his desire to play in Europe.
15. The irregularities in the transfer-paperwork of Neymar to Barcelona caused the resignation of the then Barca president Sandro Rosell.
How many of these did you already know?