Neymar's Highlights At Santos Show He's The Most Skilful Player In World Football
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Neymar has been brilliant at both Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain in Europe but there's something special about his spell at Santos.
After coming through the ranks at the Brazilian giants and breaking into the side aged 17, Neymar was unbelievably superior to everyone he shared a pitch with and it made up for some quite sensational viewing.
In 225 appearances for the club, Neymar scored 136 goals and won three Campeonato Paulista titles, as well as the 2011 Copa Libertadores.
The two-time South American player was so fun to watch and regularly sent opposition players to the shops with disgusting dribbles, nutmegs, step-overs, rainbow flicks and all the other tricks and puzzles he had in his locker.
He really was playing real-life FIFA street.
And to mark his 29th birthday, @LScomps has put together a wondrous compilation of all of his best bits. It's genuinely two minutes of Neymar rinsing people left, right and centre and making it look very, very easy.
Neymar Jr. - Santos (2009-2013)pic.twitter.com/yMOxpADsA7- ً (@LSComps) February 5, 2021
There was a swagger and an arrogance in the way he played but the two-time South American Footballer of the Year backed it up with his performances and numbers.
And though he has his fair share of doubters, who might brand him a "YouTuber footballer", he's done the same since making the switch to Barcelona in 2013.
He scored 105 goals in 186 appearances for the Blaugrana, also laying on 70 assists for his teammates as part of the deadly 'MSN' trio with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
For PSG, he's managed 83 goals and 46 assists in 101 appearances as the Paris outfit dominated domestically, while his overall Champions League outings have yielded 65 goal contributions in as many games.
And in terms of the international stage, he has an insane 64 goals and 43 assists in 103 caps for the Brazilian national team and is the Selecao's second highest-ever goalscorer.
There's an overriding feeling that Neymar deserves a lot more respect for just how gifted he is and the performances he's churned in.
Don't expect him to make the move to England anytime soon, though. It seems the world's most expensive player isn't too keen.
He told The Daily Mail: "I do not get to watch a lot of the Premier League, but I have heard that there's a lot of physical contact involved in the game.
"But the French league also has too much physical contact!
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