At the age o 19, Neymar wan the 2011Sooth American Fitbawer o the Year awaird, efter comin third in 2010. He follaeed this up bi winnin it again in 2012. In 2011 Neymar receivit nominations for the FIFA Ballon d'Or, whaur he came 10t, an the FIFA Puskás Award for Goal o the Year, which he wan. He is kent for his acceleration, speed, dribblin, feenishin an ability wi baith feet. His playin style haes earned him creetical acclaim, wi fans, media an umwhile players drawin comparison tae umwhile Brazil forward Pelé, who haes cried Neymar "an excellent player", while Ronaldinho haes statit "he will be the best in the warld".
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior wis born in Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo, tae Neymar da Silva, Sr. an Nadine Santos. He inheritit his name frae his faither, who is a umwhile fitbawer an became his son's advisor as Neymar's talents began tae grow. Neymar comments on his faither's role "Ma faither haes been bi ma side since A wis little. He taks care o things, ma finances an ma faimily." Growin up, Neymar combined his luve o futsal wi street fitbaa.
In 2003, Neymar muivit wi his faimily tae São Vicente, whaur he began playin for youth side Portuguesa Santista. Then, later in 2003, they muivit tae Santos, whaur Neymar jyned Santos FC. Wi the success o his youth career an addit income, the faimily bocht their first property, a hoose next tae the Vila Belmiro. Their quality o faimily life impruivit, as at age 15, Neymar wis earnin 10,000 reais per month an at 16, 125,000 reais per month. At 17, he signed a full profeesional contract, gettin upgradit tae the Santos first team an even receivin sponsorships.
1Placar stairtit tae gie this prize tae the best grade haulder at Bola de Prata syne 1973. In its 2013 ceremonies, a Bola de Ouro wis given tae Dirceu Lopes, haulder o the best 1971 grade. Francisco Reyes an Elías Figueroa, haulders o 1970 an 1972 anes respectively, hae nae been annoonced as these years' winners yet.