Neymar – from wonderkid to superstar!
If you are an avid football fan, you must be familiar with lines like : This guy is the new Pele, Ronaldo, Zidane, Messi, or Maradona . The football world has a recurring pattern of predicting future super stars, but gradually the days pass and the players you expected to be destined for greatness, dissolve into memory. Others peak too early and burn out quicker than how you had hoped them to do.
There are however exceptions, and that keeps the spark alive! Few braced the insane journey, like Neymar Jr., and went from being an enormous talent, to a reigning superstar.
Neymar is a bundle of talents with enormous potential , but then he has been that for many years now. He already used to be the buzz of the town, when Ronaldinho was the most popular Brazilian player and reasonably so. Donning a set of Vapor Superfly on his feet, Neymar displayed the world at just 17!
Neymar matured with a love of football and on the streets of Sao Paolo he obtained his rough football upbringing. His family was notably poor and Neymar had nothing else to do, so almost inevitably he started playing football. At the age of mere 11 he was scouted by the Brazilian club Santos, and in the year 2003 he signed a youth contract, a start of the journey from wonderkid to superstar.
The 7th of May 2009 Santos faced a match against Oeste and Neymar Jr. made his début. He never had to look back after that.
Many clubs were tempted, with Real Madrid and Barcelona being the most notable names, but it was the Catalan transfer window that ensured his rise from wonderkid to superstar.
We are yet to see whether Neymar Jr. can end up to the list of legends, but it is hard to see him not being able to do so with his incredible talent. If he keeps up with the form he showed in the Champions League, then his legacy will be one of immense proportions!