The World Cup has a new hero — and his name is Neymar. The 22-year-old Brazilian breakout superstar has garnered attention for being a ‘scoring machine’ and leading his team to victory against Cameroon at Nacional on June 23. We’re sure you have tons of questions about the man now known as the poster boy for the World Cup — so let’s get to know Neymar!
Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, known simply as Neymar to his fans, just helped Brazil secure a top spot in Group A by scoring two crucial goals against Cameroon on June 23. The fast-footed forward has now scored more goals for Brazil than his superstar teammates Ronaldinho and Jairzinho, and as many as Rivaldo, and he’s now being hailed as the poster boy for the World Cup. HollywoodLife.com has done all the digging to bring you the scoop on Neymar!
Neymar At World Cup 2014: 5 Things To Know About The Poster Boy From Brazil
1. Neymar is an award-winning player. He won the 2011 South American Footballer of the Year award at 19. He also won the same award in 2012.
2. Neymar is loved by fans, critics and his fellow footballers. Former Brazilian forward Pelé, whom Neymar is often compared to, has called Neymar an “excellent player.” And Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho has said that “he will be the best in the world.” That’s pretty high praise from two of the most talented and well-respected Brazilian footballers in the game!
3. Neymar has no left feet. Neymar is critically acclaimed for his “acceleration, speed, dribbling, finishing” and outstanding ability with BOTH feet.
4. Neymar is the sixth highest goalscorer for his national team. He has scored 35 goals in 52 matches for Brazil.
5. Neymar has a son. Neymar welcomed a son, David Lucca, in 2011. He said at the time, “I cried when I learned that I would be his father. At first, I felt fear. Then joy. It is a new responsibility and I am now enjoying it.” He is not in a relationship with the child’s mother, Carolina Dantas, and is currently single after splitting from Brazilian actress Bruna Marquezine in February, 2014.
So what do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Will Neymar help Brazil win the World Cup? Let us know!
— Tierney McAfee