1. Neymar Personal Life
Neymar became a father to a baby boy in August 2011 at age 19. The baby’s mother is Carolina Dantas, but Neymar is not in a relationship with her.
2. He Would have been Playing for Real Madrid
Neymar flew to Spain when he was only 14 to join Real Madrid youth team. He passed all of the tests and was ready to make the move official before Santos FC paid a hefty price to keep him in Brazil.
.3. He is only Barcelona’s ninth-most expensive purchase
This is actually very surprising given all of Neymar’s talent and the hype surrounding him. With all things considered, he actually came at a very reasonable price for Barcelona. The Brazilian star is the ninth-most expensive purchase for the club at €57 million.
4. Only Brazilian athlete to be featured on the cover of TIME magazine
Neymar is the only Brazilian athlete to grace the cover of TIME magazine. Although Brazil is a country known for its sports legends. In fact, the only other Brazilians to get featured on the cover of TIME magazine are politicians.
5. Neymar Financial Power
France Football ranked Neymar 13th in its list of the world’s richest players, behind the likes of Lionel Messi (1st) and Cristiano Ronaldo (3rd), with a combined income from salaries, bonuses and off-field earnings of $18.8 million.
6. Neymar Marketing Machine
In 2013 and 2014,Neymar has been named the most marketable athlete in the world by SportsPro magazine, defeating the likes of Ronaldo, Messi, Rory McIlroy and Usain Bolt. Messi may be the best footballer of all time, but Neymar beats him in this category.
7. Neymar Featured in Video game with Cristiano Ronaldo
In 2012, Neymar was featured on the cover of the Pro Evolution Soccer video game along with Cristiano Ronaldo.
8. Ronaldinho and Pele Said
He is known for his acceleration, speed, dribbling, finishing and ability with both feet. His playing style has earned him critical acclaim, with fans, media and former players drawing comparison to former Brazil forward Pele, who has called Neymar “an excellent player”, while Ronaldinho states “he will be the best in the world”.