Neymar: Brazil's new face of football

A kid with the world at his feet, Neymar is the new star of Brazilian football and, despite his tender age, could be the brightest star of all at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Young star already a fan favourite

Neymar of Brazil is expected to be one of the biggest stars of the World Cup. He's popular with Brazil fans and media. (Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

A kid with the world at his feet. Neymar is the new face of Brazil and, despite his tender years, could be the brightest star of all at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Why he's so special

He’s the full package — young, quick and strong with dazzling skills. Scores goals for fun — sometimes from seemingly impossible angles. Can play as a wide attacker as well as a target man to keep the opposition guessing.

Famous moment 

Scoring against Spain in the 2013 Confederations Cup Final. His fourth goal of the tournament led to him being awarded the Golden Ball.   

Team: Brazil
Born: Feb. 5, 1992 (Age 22)
Club: Barcelona

He said it 

"[Lionel] Messi is above everyone, there is no use comparing me with him."

What they're saying about him 

“Neymar is a great talent who will show the world that he will be number one.” — Ronaldo, Brazil’s World Cup record goal scorer.


  • Deadly in front of goal and versatile enough to bring others into attacking moves


  • Has a tenancy to be selfish in possession, and has a reputation for diving

Fun Fact

Neymar became a father at 19. His son is named David Lucca.



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