Neymar started playing football at his early age. He went to Spain to join the Real Madrid Youth Team and met the star footballers like Ronaldo, Bekham, Carlos, Robinho and many others.
Neymar stands for Brazil at the team under-17, Under-20 and the senior levels. When he was 18 he joined Selecao as a debutant to play a friendly match against USA. Neymar is prominent for his skill, dribbling, acceleration and the finishing ability with both his feet. The style of his playing is so superb that he is compared with Pele the former Brazilian great forward. Pele called Neymar an excellent player. Ronaldinho, the other great football hero said, “He will become the best footballer in the world”.
Neymar was voted as the most excellent Young Player in the year 2009 and won the best player award in 2010 from Campeonato Paulita. He was the top scorer in Copa do Brasil that year scoring 11 goals alone. He completed the year scoring 42 individual goals in 60 matches.
Neymar was first selected for the Brazilian Senior Team on 26th July 2010 against USA to play a friendly match in New Jersey by the then head coach Mano Menezes. The match was played on 10th August 2010. He was then a man of 18 only. He made his first appearance wearing number 11 jersey and scored a goal after 28 minutes.
He received the Bronze Ball in FIFA Club World Cup in the year 2011 and was voted the best player again in that year. This year he won the Copa Libertadores where he scored 6 goals in 13 attacks. He was the top scorer this year scoring 9 goals in South American Youth Championship this year. He scored 2 goals in the final. He received the Bronze Boot and was selected in the World All Star XI. Neymar scored 2 goals against Equador in the first round in 2011 Copa America. He was selected as the ‘Man of the Match’ against Venezuela in the first match of Brazil.
Neymar scored 42 goals in last 59 matches for Brazil. He was the fifth highest scorer for his national team. According to Sportsperson he was the most marketable athlete in the world. The Guardian rewarded him as the 6th best player in the world.
Neymar was selected on 11th May 2012 in the Brazil Olympic football team for participating the London Olympic Games. He scored his first goal of the summer Olympics this year against Egypt. Neymar scored his first hat-trick this year on 10th September against China.
Neymar played the 2013 Confederation Cup in 2013 in the Brazilian squad. He was assigned for the Number 10 Iconic Jersey on his home soil. He scored the first goal of the tournament and finally his performance made him achieve the Golden Ball for being the player of the tournament.
Neymar scored 4 goals in 2014 FIFA World Cup. He obtained the bronze boot as the 3rd top scorer of the tournament.