Life Story of How Neymar Used Football to Become A Soccer Giant
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar Jr. or simply Neymar, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team.
But this didn’t happen overnight. Neymar was born in São Paulo, Brazil. When he wasn’t even a toddler, only 4 months old, he was involved in an accident where the car he was in crash which was almost fatal. Fortunately, when he was taken to the hospital, the doctors declared that he had less bruises and that he was fine.
Unfortunately, his father acquired a broken hip. Everything was fine from there until his father had to give up his football career in order to support his family by working 3 jobs.
According to Neymar, they had no electricity in his house and so he had to get back from school early enough to be able to use the daylight to study, because after that, he would have to a candle light to study, which was very uncomfortable and less effective.
At a point, Neymar’s family couldn’t afford to be living in their own house, so they had to move in with Neymar’s grandparents, where they slept in one room on one mattress.
Growing up, Neymar started playing street football with people in his neighborhood. At that time, he was the best, and he was playing against people who were older than him and younger than him as well.
Neymar played in Santos until 2013 THEN he got signed by the Barcelona Football Club for $57m. That wasn’t the end, he got signed again by Paris Saint-Germain F.C. for $263m. That’s the highest transfer fee in football yet.
He said: “ I just want to get better everyday, to get better everyday, not to be better than everyone else”.
Everything’s possible, whether talent or not. There’s no interview Neymar has been to and has declared that he’s super talented. From the looks of things he trains and works hard.
If Neymar, the boy who couldn’t afford cookies, the boy who slept on the same mattress with his grandparents and parents in one room, can make it, then so can you !
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