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The eyes of the whole world have been on Neymar Jr. since his high profile move to Barcelona. His talents may have been known to many, but there are some unknown facts about him which may seem very much interesting.
This article of Sporty ghost will serve to give the footballing world an inside track on Neymar. His limitless potential and specialty with the ball have established himself at a very high peak of success at such a young age. Here are some top 10 unknown Neymar facts that might interest you to some extent.
Top 10 unknown Neymar facts:
1. Santos has been his only club
Until Barcelona, Santos has been his only home. He has showcased his extraordinary skills at Santos for years. The 21-year-old Neymar joined Santos in 2003 and has been there until the big offer came. This explains some emotional tears surrounding the last game he has played for the club.
For the first time in his footballing career, Neymar Jr is wearing foreign jersey in a land of Barcelona, Spain.
Possibly, it may be one of the unknown Neymar facts to the viewers.
2. Neymar is a father
The football world nearly stood when Lionel Messi became father. But no one realizes that Neymar beat the Argentine legend by a few years!
Neymar, at the age of 19 welcomed his son Davi Lucca to the world.
After coming Barcelona, the father and son have fitted perfectly. Very often we get the chance to see them together with smiling faces.
The fact is indeed among the unknown Neymar facts.
3. Neymar scored his 100th professional goal on his 20th birthday
Well in February 5, 2012, it was that very special day on which he scored 100th professional goal along with his 20th birthday.
The goal was well remembered and it was come against Palmeiras in the traditional Neymar way. The timing of the goal was surprising enough for the spectators.
There are few lucky faces whose can claim to score on their birthday. At the age of 20, who else ever celebrated their 100th professional goal? Incredible indeed.
4. On the cover of TIME magazine
It is quite hard to believe that Neymar Jr. is the only Brazilian athlete to ever grace the cover of world renowned TIME magazine. It is truly a magnificent feat for the country.
Infact, other Brazilians are not even athletes, rather powerful politicians to find their way on the cover of TIME.
5. Neymar nearly joined Real Madrid at the age of 14
The football giant Real Madrid had missed out the golden opportunity indeed.
At the age of 14, Neymar flew to Spain to join the Spanish side. He passed all the tests and was ready to make the move. Then Santos came out with a hefty price to keep him in Brazil.
The rest remains history.
6. West Ham was the first club to bid on Neymar
Neymar was just beginning to show his skills in Santos. Then back in 2010, his performance attracted the attention of West Ham United.
West Ham quickly made a bid of £12 million for Neymar, but were turned down the offer immediately. This bid drew eyes to Neymar on a worldwide level as Chelsea then took interest before other clubs joined the transfer frenzy.
Did you know it? Or it’ll be one of unknown Neymar facts to you.
7. The interesting beginning of international career
Despite his amazing talents, however, Neymar was overlooked early on by the Brazil National team. Brazilian legends like Pele and Romario influenced Dunga to include him in 2010 World Cup squad, followed by a petition signed by 14,000 fans.
Surprisingly, Neymar was not included in the World Cup squad. He was not included even in the stand-by list. But, it was only a matter of time.
Under new manager Mano Menezes, Neymar made his debut for the National team in August 2010 in a friendly match against USA. That night Neymar scored in his first-ever match in the Brazil jersey.
8. Neymar is the seventh richest footballer in the world
He may be only a kid, but he is richer than anyone around. In 2012, Neymar was listed as the seventh richest footballer in the world.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi also find their names on that list, but it is amazing that Neymar is on the same financial level.
At only 21, Neymar has already made more than most of us will in our entire lives.
9. Neymar is Barcelona’s ninth most expensive purchase
It seems really surprising with all things being considered.
With high profile talents and skills, he actually came fairly cheap for FC Barcelona. Neymar is the ninth most expensive purchase in Barcelona’s history at only 57 million Euros.
The purchase either means that Barcelona pulled off an incredible deal for Neymar or has been a huge spender over the last few years. It is a bit of both, really.
10. Neymar is a marketing machine
In 2012 and 2013, Neymar has been named the most marketable athlete in the world by SportsPro magazine. In this race he defeated Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Usain Bolt and Rory McIlroy.
In fact, he is so good at selling products that some people have called him as “Neymarketing”. His pretty face landed him on a cover of Vogue, Brazilian edition with Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen. I dont think you are familiar with all these unknown Neymar facts.
Neymar has taken the world by a storm and he has achieved the peak of success in his short career.
Neymar is just getting started.
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