Is Neymar Reaching His Prime?

 

“I don’t know my own limits!”- Neymar Jr.article-2500034-19588C5600000578-684_634x508

Neymar, the Brazilian crown jewel, is getting international attention like never before. After a remarkable performance by scoring all four goals in a match against Japan a couple weeks back, he paved his way to become one of the top five goal scorers for Brazil. After his recovery from his back injury he has been a brilliant contributor to Barcelona in La Liga alongside Messi. True talent will always be watched and new talent like Neymar, with his Brazilian style of play, is making any field he steps on beautiful and unresisting to stop watching as he performs.

Remember last summer’s World Cup? The Brazilian team was crushed in a humiliating loss by a score of 7-1 to Germany. Debatably, the one player who could’ve made the difference in that game was Neymar Jr.. Unfortunately, his tournament was cut short when he suffered a lower back injury in the quarter final round against Columbia. For the Brazilian squad everything went downhill from there. After the World Cup, Dunga, the club’s new coach has been bringing up a new team and play style. Its not a surprise he is keeping Neymar as their star player and new captain, because he knows his potential and talent that he can contribute to lead the new Brazilian soccer program to a new and better era.

Since the World Cup, Neymar, the poster boy of the “Seleção” has been returning to form during his play in Europe. He has been simply phenomenal for his club team at F.C Barcelona.

On his international duty last week he ranked as the 5th top goal scorer for the Brazilian national team and rumors spread around if he would soon pass Pele, who scored 77 goals for his national team. Neymar, by contrast,  has 40 goals in 58 matches at the age of just 22 years old! So far this season,

The Barcelona star has scored 13 goals in 887 minutes for Barcelona (8 goals), which matches the progress of world class star players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi.

Soon will be the annual FIFA Gala in January that features the award of  Ballon d’Or, given to the best player of the year. Typically,  big name superstars are nominated and Neymar skimmed his way to 4th place in voting last year. Even though, the top world class players are highly expected to win. Like Messi and Ronaldo, Neymar in numbers and records is making a golden title for his name to be on the top three shortlist to compete for the “Best Player of the Year” award. Getting the popular support from the soccer world is key to be in everyone’s discussion and Neymar, shining the way he is recently, is becoming the new sensation. He is well-equipped to take home the big trophy from all his dedication and hard work he has done for both his national and club team.

Do you think Neymar is being overrated? Or is he making his way to his prime and is getting the right recognition from his talent and soccer ability?

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Posted on October 21, 2014, in News, Sports, Top Stories and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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