Neymar is the footballer of our generation and this move to Paris Saint-Germain proves it, Harvey Clare reports.
Neymar grew up in the city of Sao Paulo, and was described by his father as a “barefooted child running through the non-developed streets of Mogi das Cruzes with a deflated ball and not a care in the world.”
His footballing ability was noted by local scouts soon after he joined the youth ranks at Santos when he was eleven years old. Despite Spanish club Real Madrid accepting him into their youth programme, Neymar decided to stay in Brazil after he was offered a higher-paying role at Santos.
He then went on to sign for the Catalan club, Barcelona in 2013 two years prior to making a pre-arranged contact with them in 2011.
Neymar is currently the most remarkable player in the world of football. His influence reaches new levels with each passing year and, like a true millennial, Neymar isn’t sure of what he wants in life. He’s a part-time actor, author, designer and even singer, as well as being the face of corporate giants Red Bull and Gillette.
Neymar gained an early reputation as a YouTube sensation, solidifying his image with a flashy blonde Mohican hairstyle and wearing a nose strip seemingly as a fashion accessory. Eager to establish himself over the other players.
My intel at Talksport told me that the Oryx Qatar Sports Investments, who own PSG, gave Neymar the money to buyout his own deal at Barcelona so that, essentially, he’s a free agent once his release clause is triggered. And that’s how PSG avoided UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rule due to Neymar paying off his Barcelona deal himself.
Neymar will sign a five-year deal with the French club lasting till 2022, the same year of the Qatar World Cup, coincidence? As well as this five-year deal, he’ll become the ambassador and poster boy for the 2022 World Cup. Although there’s no official figures yet, it seems like the 25-year-old will be earning more than half a million per week in wages after tax.
My intel from Talksport also told me that Barcelona are looking to bring in more than one player with the funds they’re getting for the Brazilian. This will put many clubs around the world in high alert with only 28 days remaining of the transfer window.
The possible replacements for Neymar are; Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Liverpool’s Philipe Coutinho, Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the wonder kid Kylian Mbappe, however this seems less likely to happen due to the rivalry of the two French clubs.
Neymar, aged 25, has won 44 honours in his short time, including: one Olympic gold medal, one FIFA Puskas Goal of The Year Award and two La Liga trophies. At time of writing, in 77 games for Brazil he’s contributed to 88 goals and is currently fourth on the Brazilian all-time leading goal-scoring chart, behind the footballing God Pele who’s is still No 1.
It’s undoubtable that Neymar is already the biggest footballer of his generation. The world is watching and waiting to see what this millennial will do whilst at PSG.