Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a forward in the La Liga for FC Barcelona and the Brazilian national team. Neymar joined Santos in 2003 and, after rising through the ranks, was promoted to their first team squad. He made his debut for Santos in 2009, and was voted the Best Young Player of the 2009 Campeonato Paulista. The honours kept rolling in with Neymar being voted Best Player as Santos won the 2010 Campeonato Paulista, and also being top scorer in the 2010 Copa do Brasil with 11 goals. He finished the 2010 season with 42 goals in 60 games as his club achieved the Double. Neymar was again voted best player of the year in 2011 as his side retained the league title. Santos also won the 2011 Copa Libertadores in which Neymar scored 6 goals in 13 appearances. He also played a key role in securing a Continental Double for his team, Santos' first since 1963. At the tender age of 19, Neymar was the recipient of 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 and the FIFA Puskás Award, winning the latter. He received the Bronze Ball in the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup, with Santos making it to the final, where they were defeated by FC Barcelona, 4–0. Neymar is a Brazilian international, having represented Brazil at Under-17, Under-20 and senior levels. He was the top scorer of the 2011 South American Youth Championship with nine goals, helping Brazil to win their 11th title in this competition. In 2012, SportsPro magazine rated Neymar as the most marketable athlete in the world. He is known for his acceleration, speed, dribbling and finishing. His playing style has often drawn comparison to football legends such as Lionel Messi and Pele.
On 24 May 2013
, Santos announced that they had received two offers for Neymar. The following day, Neymar announced he would sign with FC Barcelona on 27 May 2013 and join the team after playing in the 2013 Confederations Cup. Neither Neymar nor the clubs released details on the transfer fee or personal terms, except to say he signed a five-year deal. On 3 June 2013, Neymar was unveiled by Barcelona after passing medical tests and signing a contract that would keep him at the club through June 2018. Neymar was presented at the Nou Camp in front of 56,500 fans a record turnout for a Brazilian player Club vice president Josep Maria Bartomeu said Neymar's transfer fee was €57 million (£48.6m) (making him the 10th overall highest transfer) and his release clause was set at €190 million. However, concerns remain that Neymar may be too lightweight for the transition to European football, and may need to bulk up in order to reach his peak physical condition.