Sao Paulo, Brazil
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior (Portuguese pronunciation: [nejˈmaɾ dɐ ˈsiɫvɐ sɐ̃tus ˈʒunioɾ]; born 5 February 1992), commonly known mononymously as Neymar, is a Brazilian footballer who plays in the Brasileirão Série A for Santos and the Brazilian national team, mainly as a forward. In 2012, SportsPro magazine rated Neymar as the most marketable athlete in the world. Neymar was also rated #13 in The Guardian's 'Football 100' for 2012.
At the age of 19, Neymar won the 2011 South American Footballer of the Year award, by a record margin, after coming third in 2010. In 2011 Neymar received nominations for the FIFA Ballon d'Or, where he came 10th, and the FIFA Puskás Award, which he won. He is known for his acceleration, speed, dribbling and finishing. His playing style has earned him critical acclaim, with fans, media and former players drawing comparisons to Argentine forward Lionel Messi and former Brazil player Pelé, who has called Neymar "an excellent player".
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