London 2012

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Fascinating Facts:

  • He scored on his international debut for Brazil.

Neymar is one of the most talked players to emerge in Brazilian football in recent years with the teenager tipped for super stardom.

The 19-year-old has come through the ranks of Santos - which has played a part in him being labelled the 'New Pele' and the 'New Robinho'.

Similar in stature to both those Santos legends, he is also an attacker - who can play out wide or as a central striker.

Neymar has long been heralded as a true star of the future, indeed since he was 13 he was being tipped to be the next Santos legend.

He made his debut in 2009 but he hit double figures in his first season and the scouts were already flocking to see him in action for both Santos and with Brazil's youth side, and they have been continually impressed.

Most of Europe's top clubs have been linked with a move for Neymar with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City and Inter Milan all mongst those battling it out for the player.

During the 2010 season Neymar scored 27 goals in 29 starts for Santos and he picked the Campeonato Paulista Best Player for 2010 as reward for his superb form.

Neymar was the driving force behind Brazil's qualification for the Olympics, scoring nine goals in the Fifa Under 20 tournament as they beat Uruguay in the final.

The skilful attacker is one of a number of players to be lumbered with with the tag of the 'new Pele, but so far he is living up the hype and reputation he is making for himself.

It seems more than likely that Neymar will find himself playing in Europe in the next few years with the eyes of the top clubs set to be focused on him in London.

Neymar

  • DOB:05/02/1992
  • Full Name: Neymar da Silva Santos Junior
  • Event: Football