Football superstar Neymar turns 29: Here are his career achievements
Football superstar Neymar has turned 29 today. The Paris Saint-Germain forward is one of the leading footballers in world football and his achievements have been telling. The Brazilian footballer is ranked as the world's third-highest paid athlete by Forbes in 2020. Besides earning a lot of fame, Neymar's life has also been surrounded by controversies. On his birthday, we look at his achievements.
Neymar's performance at the club level
Neymar started his career with Brazilian giants Santos. He established himself quickly and went on to amass 136 goals in 225 games. He moved to FC Barcelona next and registered 105 goals in 186 matches across competitions. For French champions PSG, Neymar has been unstoppable. He has scored a whopping 83 goals in just 101 matches. Overall, he has 324 goals at club level.
Neymar has this unique Champions League record
In the group stage of the Champions League 2020-21 season, Neymar scored a hat-trick against Istanbul Basaksehir, taking his goals tally to 20 for the club. With this tally, Neymar became the first player in the history of the European Cup/Champions League to score 20 goals for two different teams. He had scored 21 UCL goals for Barca.
Neymar holds these records at club level
Neymar is the sixth-highest goal-scorer for PSG in all competitions (83). He is also the seventh-highest scorer for the club in Ligue 1 (53) and the second-highest in the Champions League (20). With 105 goals for Barca, Neymar is ninth on the list for most goals in all competitions. Notably, he is the leading scorer for Santos FC.
Neymar has amassed 13 or more goals in every season
Neymar has a unique record of scoring 13 or more goals in a season since his debut for Santos back in 2009. He has achieved the mark now for 13 successive seasons. His best return was in 2012, where he scored 43 goals for Santos.
Neymar only behind Pele in terms of goals for Brazil
Neymar has smashed 64 international goals for Brazil so far. He is only behind the legendary Pele, who scored 77 goals for Brazil. Neymar, who scored a hat-trick in the 2022 World Cup qualifying win over Peru back in October, steered clear of former superstar Ronaldo (62). Notably, Pele, Ronaldo, and Neymar are the only players with 60-plus goals for Brazil.
Neymar has tastes enormous success
Neymar has won 23 career trophies at the club level. Notably, he won the gold medal with the Brazilian football side at the 2016 Olympics and a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics as well.