Even by Brazilian standards, Neymar is one of the most talented footballers to have ever come out of that country and his worth in the modern day was evidenced in the summer of 2017. A move from Barcelona to PSG broke the world transfer record with a fee in excess of 200 million Euros and he’s been paying that off in goals ever since.
Neymar is often the focus of enhanced odds offers from around the sportsbooks and whenever we reach a World Cup year those deals will intensify so let’s take a look at his career and focus on the type of promotions that are attached to his name.
Born in 1992, Neymar joined the youth set up at Santos, previously home to the great Pele, in 2003. After impressing at junior level, he signed professional terms and made his full debut for the club as a 17 year old in 2009. He quickly began to score important goals and was a vital part of the Santos side that won the Campeonato Paulista in three consecutive seasons from 2010.
With a scoring average of more than one every other game, it was inevitable that some of the bigger clubs in Europe would start to seek out his signature and in 2013, Barcelona came calling.
In four seasons at the Nou Camp, Neymar’s scoring ratio actually improved but there was always the feeling that he was playing ‘third fiddle’ to Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. Across those four seasons the three men formed a potent attacking force and won numerous trophies but eventually, the Brazilian felt it was time to move on once again.
Arguably it was the most historic deal in the history of football; certainly it was the most expensive as Paris St-Germain came calling with 222 million Euros burning a hole in their pocket. Since moving to France, Neymar’s scoring average has reached almost a goal a game so, he’s just getting better and better.
Neymar progressed through the ranks of junior international football before making his full debut for the senior side in 2010. There had been calls for Brazil to include him in their World Cup squad for South Africa and while he was overlooked at that stage, he made that debut shortly after in July of the same year.
At the age of just 18, he scored on his debut in a 2-0 win over the USA and has gone on to maintain his healthy scoring record at international level ever since. He’s been an important part of World Cup and Copa America campaigns and after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Neymar’s tally for Brazil stood at 57 goals from 90 appearances.
At that World Cup, Neymar was pivotal to his side’s chances as they progressed. In total, the striker scored twice in five games but he couldn’t prevent Brazil from crashing out in the quarter finals at the hands of Belgium.
Here is Neymar’s scoring record across major club competitions over the last few seasons.
|Season||Domestic League||Domestic Cup||Champions League|
|2018/19:||15 Goals from 15 Matches||3 Goals in 4 Match||5 Goals in 6 Matches|
|2017/18:||19 Goals from 20 Matches||2 Goals in 1 Match||6 Goals in 7 Matches|
|2016/17:||13 Goals from 30 Matches||3 Goals in 6 Matches||4 Goals in 9 Matches|
|2015/16:||24 Goals from 34 Matches||4 Goals in 5 Matches||3 Goals in 9 Matches|
|2014/15:||22 Goals from 33 Matches||7 Goals in 6 Matches||10 Goals in 12 Matches|
With the exception of a subdued La Liga campaign in 2016/17, those are exceptional statistics and at Paris St-Germain they’ve been getting even better as he reaches up towards that ratio of a goal every game in all competitions.
He maintains a strong record in internationals too so we can expect a number of Neymar price boosts both for his club and when he plays for Brazil, particularly in major tournaments such as future World Cups and the 2019 Copa America. We saw a typical offer in February 2018 when GentingBet issued a new customer deal with enhanced odds of 5/1 on Neymar to score anytime when PSG played Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Expect to see more of these in the months and years that lie ahead and we will look to bring you the best of these as they are published.
Neymar was only 25 when he joined up with Paris St-Germain and the contract that he signed runs up to 2022 so we don’t expect him to be moving on anytime soon. Even if he did, there are very few clubs in world football that could match the kind of transfer fee and wages that the Brazilian would command.
Perhaps, in the long term, a big money move to China or Russia could follow but he certainly looks set to see out the full length of that PSG contract at the very least. At international level, Neymar should have plenty of years left and he is likely to be an important part of Brazil’s next campaign in Qatar in 2022.
He’ll only be 30 at that point and who knows how many goals he will have added to his phenomenal total? For the time being, we look forward to many more years at the top, together with some price boost offers on Neymar from across the sportsbooks and we will highlight the best ones as they come in.