Neymar Jr is undoubtedly one of the best footballers in the world at the moment. His control on the ball and dribbling skills are very hard to match. He was bought by PSG in 2017 by paying Barcelona a whopping €222 million. Today we will tell you five interesting facts you did no know about Neymar Jr.
He Could Have Been Part of Real Madrid at The Age of 14
Neymar played for Barcelona in LaLiga but most of them people are unaware of the fact that he could have been part of Real Madrid at the age of 14. Neymar at the age of 14 flown to Madrid for Real Madrid trials. At trials he impressed the coaches with his skills and they offered him a place in the youth academy. But at this point Neymar’s family was a little perplexed about his growing up away from the motherland. Hid dad, Naymar Sr revealed later that they decided that Neymar should grow among his own people in Brazil.
Neymar Became Father at Just 19
Though fans of Neymar are aware of the fact that Neymar has a son as he shares photos of himself with his son on social media consistently. But most of the people don’t know that how young the Brazilian star was when he became father. Neymar was only 19 when he became father and his son Davi Lucca was born. Here there is a connection between Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo as neither of them has revealed the identity of their first child’s mother.
West Ham were Once Ready to Break The Transfer Record for 18 Years Old Neymar
Neymar could have been in English Premiere League as West Ham were ready to take him from Santos. In 2010 West Ham submitted a bid of £12 million for 18 years old Neymar. It was their all times transfer record. They were the first club from European soil to bid for Neymar. Santos though rejected the offer but this move from West Ham made other European clubs to think about this skillful teenager.
On His 20th Birthday, he Scored His 100th Professional Goal
Yeah you heard it right, Neymar scored his 100th professional goal on his 20th birthday. At 20 most of the footballers struggle to make a place in the first team of their club but Neymar is from another league. On February 2012, Neymar achieved this milestone which other footballers can only dream of.
Neymar Has Won an Award That Messi Has Never Won
Messi is considered as the greatest player of all times. He has done almost everything possible on Football. Neymar has to do a lot in order to be compared with the genious like Messi but do you know Neymar has got an award that Messi has never won. Yes, Neymar has won Pukas Award, given by FIFA for the best goal of the year. In 2011, Neymar won the award for his stunning goal for Santos against Flamengo in the Brazilian League. It came as a surprise that Messi has never won this award despite scoring so many magical goals continuously. He has been nominated for the award five times and every time he lost it.
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