Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, who is most popularly known by the name of Neymar Jr to the footballing fraternity, is a professional football player who plays as a forward for the French club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team.
He was born on 5 February 1992 in Mogi das Cruzes, Sao Paulo to parents Neymar Santos Dr. and Nadine da Silva.
Neymar inherited his name from his father who was also a former footballer himself and later he became the advisor and manager for his son.
Commenting upon the role his father plays in his life, Neymar said, “My father has been by my side since I was little. He takes care of things, my finances and my family.”
As Neymar started to grow up, he combined his love for futsal and street football and started growing up with the kids playing football in the streets of Brazil.
In 2003 he started to play for the youth team of Portuguesa Santista, after his family shifted their base to Sao Vicente. Then later in the same year when his family again moved their base, this time to Santos, Neymar started playing for the Santos FC team.
Neymar started earning 10,000 reais per month from the age of 15 and later 125,000 reais per month from the age of 16. With this money, the lifestyle of Neymar and his family improved and soon they bought their house which was located right next to the Vila Belmiro.
It was from the age of 17 that Neymar’s professional contract began at Santos FC and was included in the first team and soon Neymar began signing his first sponsorship deals too.
Neymar has a sister named Rafaella Beckran with whom Neymar shares a very deep bonding. The siblings have cemented their platonic love for each other with Neymar tattooing her sister’s face on his arm while Rafaella has tattooed Neymar’s eyes on her back.
Moreover being the sister of a celebrity has its own perks, as Beckran was seen featuring in 2014 Beats commercial alongside his brother and other notable celebrities. Additionally she works as a model in family’s fashion label ‘Elleven Wear’.
Neymar was born as a Christian and he follows the Pentecostal branch of the religion. Commenting upon his religious views, Neymar has said, “Life only makes sense when our highest ideal is to serve Christ!”
Moreover he is often seen wearing a headband with the words “100% Jesus” written on it. Additionally he donates 10% of his income to a nearby church just like his fellow Brazilian teammate Kaká, who Neymar considers as his religious role model.
Neymar organised a charity match each year with his friend and fellow Brazilian football player Nenê in Jundiaí, the hometown of Nenê, and the match is organised with the purpose of raising food for the needy families.
Neymar Girlfriend Bruna Marquezine
Neymar is reportedly currently in an on-again-off-again relationship with the Brazilian model and actress Bruna Marquezine since the couple met each other at a carnival celebration in Rio de Janeiro in 2012 and started dating soon after.
Bruna Reis Maia, who is best known as Bruna Marquezine, was born on 4 August 1995 in Duque de Caxias in Rio de Janeiro, which is almost 400 km distant from Neymar’s family home. The surname, Marquezine, was adopted as a tribute to her grandmother.
Her talent as an actress came to the forefront at a very young age and she started to perform in commercials and videos with the presenter Xuxa and had appeared in many television shows before the age of 10.
Bruna first appeared in ‘Gente Inocente’, a programme which was presented by Marcio Garcia. She was spotted by director Cininha de Paula for her appearance in ‘Xuxa So Para Baixinhos’ and was later introduced in telenovela.
Her acting debut came with Manoel Carlos in 2003 for the film ‘Mulheres Apaixonadas’ (Women in Love) where she became famous by playing the role of Salette. Apart from that she had also appeared in most of Brazil’s popular telenovas such as ‘America’.
She won the award of the Best Child Actress at the Melhores do Ano where ‘Mulheres Apaixonadas’ won five awards in total and Marquezine also picked up many awards for her performance in ‘America’ as well.
The famous Rodrigo Santoro also got his lucky break in ‘Mulheres Apaixonadas’ and later went on to feature in films like ‘Lost’, ‘Love Actually’ and ‘300’ and many popular television shows and films.
Bruna had later appeared in many films and television shows in Brazil and soon became a popular face there. Apart from being an actress, she is a successful model as well.
Moreover she appeared in the 2013 edition of ‘Dança dos Famosos’ where she came as a runner-up to fellow actress Carol Castro. World Cup winner Edilson was also one of the celebrity participant in the show but was eliminated just after three weeks.
Bruna’s latest television show ‘Dues Salve o Rei’ was premiered in Brazil in January 2018, and the show tells the story of a feuding medieval family.
Neymar Relation with Bruna Marquezine
Bruna’s relationship with Neymar has never been a steady one. After being introduced with each other in 2012, they parted ways in 2013.
They later came together 2014 before the Football World Cup, which was hosted by Brazil that year. In the tournament, Neymar suffered a hip injury in a match against Colombia and was ruled out of the semi-final game where the host nation lost the match by 7-1 goals to the eventual winner Germany.
Neymar and Bruna again got reunited in October 2016 but soon ended the relationship on June 2017 before Neymar’s mega-money transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.
Neymar was visibly distraught by the breakup and when he was asked about it in a press conference, he replied, “I do not like to talk about personal things, but yes, me and Bruna are separated. It’s a decision we have taken.”
It was reported that Neymar had wanted to marry Bruna and move to Europe to settle down, but the Brazilian model and actress refused to the proposal as she wanted to focus on her career at that time.
However the couple had again patched up and were seen together on New Year’s Eve in 2017, partying with PSG goalie Kevin Trapp and his partner and Victoria’s Secret model Izabel Goulart.
Neymar Son and Ex-Girlfriend
It is not unnatural for celebrities to have children at a very young age. Neymar too became a father at a tender age of just 19 years when his son David Lucca da Silva Santos was born on 24 August 2011.
At the beginning Neymar decided to hide the real identity of the mother of his son, but later he came clean and shared that his ex-girlfriend Carolina Nogueira Dantas is the actual mother.
Both Neymar and Carolina had previously decided to name their baby Matheus, but later changed it and decided that David Lucca would be a better option.
Carolina was born on 21 October 1993 in Minas Gerais. She had suffered a lot of rejection in her childhood as she was the illegitimate daughter of a married man.
She lived in a poor neighbourhood and had studied for only two years before a wife of a wealthy man decided to pay for the studies of every child in that locality.
She studied until 2011 at the Santos Adventist College, and was a physiotherapy student there but later became a model and began her career by campaigning for various popular fashion brands in Sao Paulo.
She wanted to work to come out of Neymar’s shadow and to self-sustain herself without depending on the 30,000 reais, which the football star payed as a monthly pension for his son.
Although the couple has separated yet they both hold the custody of their son and spends time with Neymar for the sake of the son. Both the families are also in good terms with each other.
While Neymar is presently dating Bruna, Carolina started dating chef Alquimia Fogo in Barcelona in 2017 and later João Alcântara, but both the relationships did not last long. She then began dating businessman Vinicius Martinez.