Brazilian star Neymar Jr celebrates his 28th birthday on Wednesday, February 5. The Brazil star is one of the most popular players in world football. However, it is not always for the obvious amount of talent he possesses. The former Barcelona star has been in scintillating form for both PSG and national team Brazil.
Neymar is currently Brazil's third-highest goalscorer. He has scored one lesser than Ronaldo Nazario and 16 lesser than Pele. He is also the fifth highest capped Brazilian, 41 behind Selecao leader Cafu by 41 games. Neymar is only 28, so there's a pretty good chance that the PSG star can surpass those records. Despite these stats, Neymar is highly disrespected for the lack of titles Brazil have won during his time in the Selecao shirt (including the World Cup at home in 2014). The ridicule only increased after Neymar left Barcelona to move to PSG in a whopping €222 million deal.
Despite all his obvious talents, Neymar has had his fair share of critics on and off the field. Neymar has been accused of diving to win fouls quite extensively during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
His stay at the French capital has not been without its fair share of controversies. Neymar tried to engineer a return to Barcelona. Neymar’s father, who is also his agent, has also been involved in numerous controversies in the past. Neymar Sr reportedly raked in massive sums of money from both Barcelona and PSG to engineer the transfers to the respective clubs.