FIVE FACTS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT NEYMAR JR
In the last few years Neymar Jr has exploded onto the football scene, and the 23-year-old is considered by many to be one of the best footballers in the world.
Here are five things that you might not know about the sensation Neymar Jr.
He scored his 100th professional goal on his 20th birthday
Neymar Jr celebrated his twentieth birthday in style by scoring his 100th professional goal against Plameires. He was playing for Santos at the time and it was only his 186th game for the Brazilian team.
To celebrate this achievement and Neymar Jr’s birthday, his teammates covered him in cake ingredients.
He is the only Brazilian sportsman to appear on the cover of Time Magazine
In 2013, Neymar Jr became the first Brazilian athlete to be on the cover of Time Magazine. His portrait sat alongside the words ‘The Next Pelé’.
Time Magazine is one of the most famous magazines worldwide and has had the most famous faces grace its cover. By being featured on the front cover, Neymar Jr joins an exclusive list of politicians, actors, scientists, innovators and athletes.
West Ham was the first club to make a bid for him
In 2010, London club West Ham made a bid of £12 million for the footballer. Neymar Jr declined the offer, as he was reluctant to move away from his home club, Santos.
It was only when Barcelona made him an offer in 2013 that he left after a 10-year affiliation with the club.
He is on track to break Pelé’s national goal scoring record
Despite being just 23 years old, Neymar Jr currently sits 5th on Brazil’s list of all-time goal scores with 46 goals from 69 games.
Pelé tops the list with 77, and at this rate, it is predicted that Neymar Jr will break this record by the age of 28.
Neymar Jr has more than double the number of goals Ronaldo had at the same age
Neymar Jr shares his birthday with another great, Cristiano Ronaldo. However before their (respective) 23rd birthdays Neymar Jr had scored 219 professional goals, which is more than double Ronaldo’s 107.
Although it is difficult to compare the two footballers due to their differing ages and journeys to the top, this is a statistic that suggests Neymar Jr is one that you should all be watching!