Neymar: from YouTube sensation to one of football's best players

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When Barcelona signed Brazilian wonderkid and YouTube sensation Neymar in 2013, there was vast expectation the La Liga giants had signed a future star.

And such a star he has become. In an already illustrious career with the Catalonians, he has won the La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League treble, the Spanish Super Cup and UEFA Super Cup.

This season has particularly epitomised his rise, taking the reigns from the until-recently injured Lionel Messi and his goalscoring burden to great effect.


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As a result, the question many people find themselves asking is can Neymar surpass Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world's best?


The 2014 World Cup was hosted in Neymar's home nation of Brazil, with fans excited by the prospect of watching their prodigy in action on the biggest stage.

Pressure was laid heavily onto the 22-year-old's shoulders to perform, but he didn't disappoint.

Neymar comfortably carried Brazil through to the quarter-finals where, sadly, he suffered a back injury and was ruled out for the rest of the tournament.

His four goals and one assist took him third in the top scorers chart and cemented his place even further into Brazilian hearts.



Upon moving from Santos to Barcelona, many people knew who Neymar was already through his astonishing international performances.

His name began to print on the back of shirts worldwide and you would think, at such a young age of 21, the pressure would of been too much. Not for Neymar.

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The pressure was shrugged off, his laces were tied and the winger delivered. Almost immediately he began scoring goals, providing assists and showcasing his electrifying speed and vast skill set.

And following the arrival of Luis Suarez in 2014, he now features in arguably the greatest attacking trio of all time - 'MSN'. Barcelona dominated last season, sealing a wonderful treble, and it appears this season will prove no different.


Such is the incredible rise of Neymar that he was included in the three-man shortlist for the 2015 Ballon D'or, alongside Messi and Ronaldo.


Recognition for his extraordinary talents grows by the minute - and it appears his quality is doing the same. The Brazil captain has taken the pressure to succeed and turned it into resounding success, which tells us one thing: Neymar is destined for greatness.

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