Neymar

Career Data

Clubs: Santos (2009-2013), FC Barcelona (Spa/since 2013)

International appearances: 47

International goals: 30

International debut: 11/08/2010, USA-Brazil (0-2)

Last international appearance: 05/03/2014, Brazil-South Africa (5-0)

Playing honours

International

Copa America: quarter-finals (2011), 4 matches, 2 goals

1 Confederations Cup (2013), 5 matches, 4 goals

Olympic Games: 1 silver medal (2012)

Club

1 Copa Libertadores (2011)

1 South American Supercup (2012)

3 San Paulo Championships (2010, 2011, 2012)

1 Brazilian Cup (2010)

1 Spanish Supercup (2013)

Brazilians feel that the slender 22-year-old striker Neymar is their key to success at the 2014 World Cup and if his performances on the way to the Confederations Cup title in 2013 are anything to go by they may well be right. He boasts the full range of talents you could expect from a Brazilian football prodigy announced as the new Pele, even if he prefers to play on the left and has none of Pele’s bulk. He scored 30 goals for Brazil in his first 47 games. But his number 10 shirt and the fact he played for Santos provoked most of the Pele comparisons. Neymar switched to Barcelona in a blockbuster transfer in July 2013, and has been exposed to more robust defending in Europe than in Brazil. He had a slow start in the pre-World Cup season.

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