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Seven least known facts from Brazilian forward Neymar Jr.

Shubhanshu Sharma

Shubhanshu SharmaBy Shubhanshu Sharma

Published on 25 Jun 2018 3:54 PM GMT

Seven least known facts from Brazilian forward Neymar Jr.
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Moscow: Football fever has peaked with the FIFA World Cup 2018 is in full swing, and the fans of the sport can't contain themselves from searching about their favourite players. So here we have tried to give some more insight of the life of Brazilian forward Neymar Jr, also known as Neymar da Silva Santos Junior.

Paris Saint-Germain F.C. forward is not only among the most popular Football players across the world but is also the most expensive footballer of all time. He became the costliest athlete when he transferred from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain F.C. for a whopping £198 million.

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Here are some of the least known facts for Neymar Jr.:

Neymar has inherited his name from his father Neymar da Silva Santos. His father is a former football player and is currently working as his son's advisor.

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Neymar used to play street pickup games in Sao Paulo, Brazil and started his career by playing for Santos' junior team at an early age of 11 years.

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At the tender age of 14, he left for Spain to join Real Madrid. He qualified all the tests and was all set to move officially, but at the last moment, Santos paid him a huge sum of money to play for Brazil.

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He became a father at the early age of just 19 years. He named his son Davi Lucca but did not reveal the identity of kid's mother in order to protect her. The rumours, however, claim the mother was his former girlfriend Carolina Dantas.

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The SportsPro magazine named Neymar as the most marketable athlete in 2012 and 2013. He had surpassed the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Usain Bolt to get the tag.

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In August 2017, Neymar got transferred from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain. The contract will get over only in 2022. As per the reports, he is said to be earning $53 million per year, making him the highest paid footballer in the world.

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Neymar is also an avid lover of Brazilian pop music and has appeared in many music videos. He has made many surprise stage appearances at Brazilian concerts, delighting his young fans. He even appeared in the Vin Diesel-starrer 'XXX: Return of Xander Cage' as himself.

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Shubhanshu Sharma

Shubhanshu Sharma

Writer has 6 years of experience in digital media. Presently working as Senior Sub Editor at newstrack.com. An avid reader and always willing to learn new things and techniques.

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