Since his debut in the professional world of football at Barcelona. Neymar and Barcelona signed the agreement in May 2013, however, neither Neymar nor the teams disclosed the transfer amount. On 3 June 2013, after passing his medical tests and signing a deal that would keep him at the club until June 2018, Barcelona opened its doors to much more than 50,000 supporters to welcome Neymar’s arrival, a record crowd for a Brazilian player.
Neymar’s early days at Santos
After joining Santos’ first team in March 2009, Neymar Jr. rapidly make attention. A month after his arrival, he scored his first goal, delighting Santos supporters, but it took another year for him to win a title, the Campeonato Paulista in 2010. During his four-year stint with Santos, he made 177 appearances and scored 107 goals.
The First FIFA World Cup
Neymar joined Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 2. Later in the competition, Neymar appeared in his 50th national game against Croatia in Sao Paulo on June 12. And during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the 22-year-old Neymar was largely regarded as the man to watch. He was set to make history with his legendary yellow shirt, but during Colombia’s quarter-final defeat, Neymar was knocked to his knees by Juan Zuniga and was carried off the pitch on a stretcher. This first World Cup was cut short due to injury, but he made enough of an impression to reach the 10-man shortlist for FIFA’s Golden Ball award for the tournament’s top player. He also received the Bronze Boot as the tournament’s third top striker and was nominated to the World Cup All-Star XI.
The contract that Breaks Records
On 3 August 2017, Barcelona declared that Neymar’s legal representatives had paid the club € 222 million, which was equal to the release clause in his contract. So, with his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, he became the most expensive player in history, and he showed that, despite the issues, he is a worthy player.
Barcelona’s First Hat-Trick
He got his first hat-trick for the club against Granada in September 2014. The fact that his shot had a significant deflection played a role in his first goal. And it was the recognition and drive to snap in and win the ball that was first so exciting. In the second goal, the ball neared him in the centre of the box, and he quickly finished the rebound, a move that came naturally to a player like Neymar. He scored the hat trick, showing calm and confidence as the ball came towards him within the area, and then fired the ball into the net with a look in the goalkeeper’s eyes.
Champions League triumph
Neymar Jr. has only won the Champions League once, in the 2014/15 season, when Barcelona overcame Juventus in the Olympiastadion in Berlin. It was an exciting football game. slotted home after a fantastic Barcelona move in which Neymar was strongly involved. With his spectacular sprints, the Brazilian caused constant havoc on the Juventus defence. With the score 2-1, Juventus pressed forward with all of their might, seeking to equalize. However, as they advanced, Neymar coordinated a brilliant counter-attack to secure the championship. Barcelona won 3-1, giving Neymar his first Champions League trophy. It was also Neymar’s greatest season in the Champions League, as he was the top scorer and was named the third best player at the Balon d’Or award ceremony.
First senior International trophy
Neymar won his first International Trophy with Brazil in 2013 when the country hosted the Confederations Cup as a warm-up for the 2014 World Cup. Neymar was extremely impressive for Brazil in this competition, scoring four goals. He scored his first goal against Japan in a 3-0 victory for Brazil. His second goal came against Mexico in Brazil’s second victory of the tournament. His third goal came in a hard-fought win over Italy, which Brazil won 4-2. Neymar was named man of the match in all of Brazil’s Group stage matches. He did score against Spain in the final, as Brazil won the title in front of their home crowd.