5 most important goals in Neymar's career so far
Neymar's meteoric rise prompts us to take a look at the 5 most important goals (for club and country) that the Brazilian has scored so far
Neymar is already considered among the best players in the world. In the 2017 FIFA player of the year award, The Best, the Brazilian finished third, just behind Real Madrid and Barcelona stars, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, respectively. The Paris Saint-Germain ace has already achieved a lot in world football, despite still being in his mid-twenties.
From deciding trophies at club level to doing it with Brazil's national team, Neymar has banged plenty of screamers throughout the course of his career. In this article, we take a look at the 5 most important goals that the Seleção attacker has so far scored for club, and country:
#5 Against Atlético Madrid, 2013 Spanish Supercup final:
Neymar left Santos to join FC Barcelona in a mega-money transfer in summer 2013, so it was normal that the expectations were extremely high, considering that he was labelled as the biggest talent in Brazil.
In his first official game for the Catalans, in the Spanish Supercup final, Neymar was up against a very tenacious Atlético Madrid side which would end up as La Liga champions and UEFA Champions League finalist, that season.
Barça failed to create enough opportunities against Diego Simeone's organized defence, but Dani Alves was able to deliver a superb cross to Neymar, as he smashed the ball into the back of Courtois' net.
In Lionel Messi's absence, Neymar did enough to secure Barcelona a precious away goal. The game would result in a 1-1 draw, whereas the second leg ended goal-less at Camp Nou, meaning that the Brazilian's header was sufficient to clinch the title
You cannot ask for more as a 21-year old on your first official game for one of the biggest clubs in the world. Neymar had the dream start to his Barcelona career. It is interesting that he has now scored from a header on his debuts for Santos, Brazil's national team and Barcelona.
However, the rule was broken by his debut-goal for Paris Saint Germain, which came from a right-footed finish.