Five things about Neymar as he completes move from Barcelona to PSG

Sport360 staff 17:20 02/08/2017
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Neymar has left Barcelona and joined Paris St Germain in a world-record deal worth 222million euros (£200.6million).

Here, Press Association Sport lists five things about the Brazil striker.

Family first

Neymar is guided by his family. His father, Neymar Santos Sr, is his agent, is a former player himself and earned his son his first sponsorship deal at the age of 17.

Neymar has a tattoo of his sister Rafaella Beckran’s face on his arm, while in turn she has Neymar’s eyes on hers.

Nearly the Real deal

He has made his name with Barcelona but could have joined Real Madrid as a 14-year-old.

He travelled to the Spanish capital but said he chose the “cultural values” of growing up in his home country. He described it as “my first serious choice”.

Resting the pressure of moving to Europe was not always easy. Neymar Sr told the New York Times how strangers would approach him in the street and tell him to send his son overseas.

Never blowing bubbles

He scored his 100th professional goal on his 20th birthday in 2012.

By this point, the Santos man had been the subject of interest from West Ham, with the player himself admitting he had talks with the club’s hierarchy via video link-up.


Neymar scored 54 goals in 103 appearances for Santos.

Star of the silver screen

In June 2016, Vin Diesel said that Neymar would be starring alongside him in the action film Return of Xander Cage. He went on to play himself.

In the film, a character played by Samuel L Jackson tries to recruit Neymar to join the National Security Agency.

His fame extended to him being named on the TIME 100 list of the most influential people in the world – the only footballer on the list.

Sneaker freak

Neymar is a keen collector of trainers and once spent more than £14,000 on them in one shopping trip.

He has his own collaboration with Nike and basketball great Michael Jordan, the ‘Air Jordan v Neymar’.

He described meeting the six-time NBA champion as one of the happiest moments of his life.

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