Neymar Jr.; Loved and hated in equal measure
Neymar Jr.; loved and hated in equal measure
This is the story of the great Brazilian footballer who crossed the Atlantic to play for a legendary Spanish club. Once he got there, he found himself in the company of an Argentine a few years his senior, who was universally acknowledged as the finest of this era. The Brazilian was no failure, but it soon became obvious that he would never be able to step out of the Argentine’s shadow.
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The world of football fell in love with the MSN (Messi, Suarez and Neymar) trio at Camp Nou but that was short lived as Neymar made a record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, making him the most expensive player in the world. Neymar is praised for his agility on the field, speed and his amazing skills Florentino Perez has been eyeing him since he was 17 and he is currently being talked about in Madrid as a possible successor for Ronaldo.
But the success story of this wonderfully gifted Brazilian forward back tracks to his days at Santos Fc, where he lived up to big expectations by winning four consecutive Player of the Year awards by age 21. He scored his 100th professional goal on his 20th birthday in 2012. The flashy forward has produced what would be voted FIFA Goal of the Year in 2011 while playing for Santos.
The 2016 Olympic medalist brags of winning to bronze boots and a golden ball. He has also been nominated for the Ballon d’or twice alongside the likes of Messi and Ronaldo.
But with the success, comes hate. The 27 year old was criticized for his play during Brazil’s quarterfinals loss in the 2011 Copa America tournament, and was scolded in the media for fathering a child out of wedlock. He was also subject to criticism when Brazil lost the 2012 Summer Olympics gold medal game to an underdog Mexico team. Despite him being the most fouled player of the 2018 World Cup, fans criticized him for his theatrics during the tournament.
It is agreed that he is going to be among the greatest football icons from Brazil, joining the league of Pele and Ronaldinho.