The weight of expectations that comes along with being the world's most expensive footballer can prove to be a burden for many a great player. But not for Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar Jr., who is widely regarded as the best player in the world, after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Born on 5 February 1992, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Neymar spent his early formative years with Portuguesa Santista, before joining the academy of Santos in 2003. His rise at the Brazilian club would be extremely rapid to say the least and by the time he was 18 years of age, the attacker had led Santos to the 2011 Copa Libertadores triumph, along with three more major honours.
Neymar was twice named as the South American Footballer of the Year in 2011 and 2012 and comparisons with Santos and Brazilian legend Pele had already gained a lot of steam. So, it was natural that clubs from Europe were keen on signing him and indeed Neymar joined Barcelona in the summer of 2013, after having scored 136 goals for Santos in over 200 games.
Neymar's first season in Spain wasn't as memorable as he took time to get adapted to new surroundings, but he played some of his best football in the subsequent seasons alongside Leo Messi and Luis Suarez, leading the club to a historic continental treble in 2014-15 and followed by the domestic double in 2015-16. The Brazilian finished 3rd in the coveted Ballon d'Or award behind Messi and Ronaldo for the year 2015.
Neymar reached the 100-goal mark for Barcelona in the 2016/17 campaign, which would prove to be his last at the club, as he joined Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2017 for a humungous transfer fee of €222 million, making him the world's most expensive footballer ever. The sensational attacker has continued on his free-scoring ways with the Les Parisiens in the 2017/18 season.
Neymar has also tasted quite a bit of success in the international stages, having won the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and having captained the Brazil side to their first ever Olympics gold medal in the 2016.
With his best years still ahead of him, sky is the limit for Neymar and it is not long before he well and truly emerges out of the shadows of Messi and Ronaldo to completely dominate the world football scenes in the coming years.