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Wishes pour in for Neymar Jr. on his 26th birthday

13.84K   //    05 Feb 2018, 22:53 IST

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Happy birthday, Neymar!

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, the world's most expensive footballer, turns 26 today. Neymar celebrated his 26th birthday with a grand party in the centre of Paris on Sunday evening. The party was attended by around 200 guests which include friends, family, and the Paris Saint-Germain players and coaching staff.

Due to his amazing skills with dribbling, finishing, and ability with both feet, Neymar is often compared with former Brazil and Santos forward Pelé. The only thing that Neymar lacks is a World Cup and a Ballon d'Or at this moment. But he has a bright chance to achieve both of them this year.

PSG currently top the Ligue 1 table with 62 points in 24 matches, and Neymar has been one of the paramount reason behind PSG's success this season.

The former Barcelona star seems to be enjoying the best season of his career, he has scored 18 goals and has helped 11 in 17 Ligue 1 matches, with six goals coming in the UEFA Champions League. Neymar has visibly been the kingpin for Unai Emery's strategy to play attacking football.

Neymar is also the fourth-highest goalscorer for Brazil, having scored 53 goals in 83 matches. He also captained Brazil to their first ever Olympic gold medal in men's football at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Coincidentally, Cristiano Ronaldo is also celebrating his 33rd birthday today. Neymar and Ronaldo will go head-to-head next week when Real host Paris Saint-Germain at the Bernabeu in the first leg of their round-of-16 clash.

PSG’s main hurdle lies in the Champions League, though few former PSG players believe that Neymar can lead their club to the Champions League summit this season. Notably, the Ligue 1 leaders currently look to be in better shape than the two-time European champions.

Birthday boy Neymar has received many good wishes on twitter so far today, but the most special one is from his former club Barcelona. Here is the collection of the best wishes for Neymar on his birthday.

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