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In the Netflix documentary
Neymar, the perfect chaos
, the Brazilian soccer player opens his feelings wide open, recalls his career and shows how his relationship with his father has been and is, a bond impossible to forget when trying to explain the own ominous decade of the player called to dominate world football when
Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
sank the knee.
Ten years that, like those of the 19th century in Spain, have had everything: depressions, wars, division and some success.
Neymar (Mogi das Cruzes, 1992) has gone through so many faces that it is difficult to focus on just one.
a young star
, a media and television personality in Brazil, a
in his spare time, a victim in the
in his country, second sword in Barça, accused of rape, protagonist of the
biggest signing in history
, hated by his own fans for wanting return to the Camp Nou,
the best footballer in the world
for a few months in 2020, the main name in the
of his team during so many Champions League qualifiers...
A list that does not sum up his career, but that serves to understand the monumental mess that has been his life from the beginning.
“In 2010, Santos paid him
$500,000 in salary
and he was already earning
just from advertising.
20 times more than with football », explains his father in the documentary.
At that time, Neymar was
18 years old
and the famous Mohican hairstyle was the star of all the television commercials in Brazil.
"He was everywhere," he recalls in the documentary.
"Life more calmly"
"At first my father would be pissed off because he wore his
hair in a Mohican
style and then he would get mad if he didn't.
I became famous and rich very young.
If life had come to me more calmly, I would think more calmly
», He insists.
It does not take many more arguments to realize that, already in 2010, Neymar was much more than a simple soccer player.
For the good and the bad.
I abide by what you say so as not to create conflicts
, but I don't like how aggressive you are with people," he says to his father's face during the tape.
Both confess that their relationship "has changed", that the son needed to "get away" from the man who now runs his "company".
His signing for
Barcelona in 2013
, at the age of 21, was a tremendous leap at a sporting level.
He won titles, including his first and only Champions League, and played with his idol, Messi, but perhaps in another team he would have already been the main star and not the eternal second sword of the Argentine.
That is one of the great "what ifs" of his career.
He admits that in
he was "happy" and had fun playing, but the doors to the football throne were closed with
by his side.
The image of the '10' elevated to the altars of the fans on the covers of the day after the
6-1 against PSG
, in which Neymar had been the best, ended up convincing him that he should leave.
He flew to Paris in the summer of 2017, signed for the group chaired by
and promised to reach Olympus.
He never told us why he changed us for PSG
," Messi acknowledged in the documentary.
You didn't have to think too much about it either.
"It's a new challenge," assured Neymar in his presentation.
On the horizon, the Champions League and managing to snatch the
from Messi and Cristiano, something that no one had achieved since 2017.
Injuries in eighths
But it failed.
Five years later, the
2020 Champions League
final is Neymar's greatest milestone in Paris, where he has not won a single international title.
In four years
he has missed the second leg of the
of 16 against Madrid, the 2019 round of 16 against
and the 2021 round of 16 against
due to injury .
And in 2022, again with the white team on the other side of the field, he has arrived between cottons due to ankle problems.
So much so that, while waiting to see how
's injury evolves , it is likely that Neymar will start the match on the
With Messi and Cristiano in an obvious and logical football slump, the Brazilian, the man who should reign after them, competes in the
shadow of Mbappé
, the new star of world football.
The Frenchman is the player with the
highest market value on the planet
, who was worth 180 million in 2019 (20 more than his French teammate is now worth), has dropped to
on the list.
He is the second most valued in his team and the 2nd in Brazil.
The two places, Paris and the
, where he intended to rule in his thirties.
He has played
13 league games
(4 goals, for Mbappé's 14) and 5 in the Champions League, there without scoring, for the 5 of the other two stars.
And now, with Messi back at his side stealing the limelight, the former Santos player seems to be carried away to
"I approach it like the
last World Cup
because I don't know if I'm going to have the mental strength to deal with football," he said in November.
A summary of his life.
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