It is almost time for us. After a very few moments, Brazil will open the FIFA World Cup against Croatia at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo.
At the beginning of May, Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari named his 23-man squad for the tournament. He did not pull any great surprises for the spectators. Like the definition, his team is as good as was proclaimed through the last 12 months.
But the thing that can’t be overlooked from the last two friendlies is the promising performances of Chelsea midfielder Willian. The 2002 World Cup winners must have thought about this great option. It is Oscar himself, who casted his Chelsea teammate into the limelight. The last two friendly matches are probably poling the position to take the central midfield role in front of Luiz Gustavo and Paulinho.
Willian Borges da Silva’s performances for Brazil have brought doubt over Oscar’s place in the team.
Under Scolari’s tenure, Oscar has never been threaten before like this. Some others like have already tried to make the Selecao playmaking role his own. Lucas Moura, Paulo Henrique Ganso and Philippe Coutinho are few of them. Now the greatest rival comes for him in the form of a player. He must also admit that the other one’s versatility has seen him make a sharp ascension to the national ranks.
Immediately after the Friday match against Serbia, Scolari said that his team is physically prepared. And he believes there is still time to prepare the side tactically before Thursday’s kick-off.
Definitely his plan will finally deploy either of the players between Oscar or Willian. But it is previously confirmed that with Oscar, it is more likely to bend towards the commonly favored 4-2-3-1 formation.
Oscar is far more inclined to get forward and aid Fred and Neymar in attack. And always looking for goals, more likely with double figures for the Stamford Bridge. Oscar truly has the ability to pries open defenses. Something like, with only one focused center-forward, he is definitely the key asset for the Brazilians during the World Cup 2014.
On the contrary, Willian is more defensively minded. Though his eye for a pass is also intact. Watching his displays last week, we can say that he gave all the right signals that he could be a fantastic midfielder for Brazil.
If we have to put an end to the question: Oscar or Willian, then he is likely to start in a more withdrawn role than Oscar, probably by resembling a 4-3-3 combination.
Yes Willian can pass, dribble and shoot. But the vital most thing about him, he is capable of tracking back and is willing to put in a defensive shift for the team. Paired with Paulinho in the middle of the park, they can make the opportunity to develop a potentially fruitful understanding between them.
And it is already proved that Paulinho can develop a better midfield partnership with Willian than Oscar.
As Oscar is always an advanced habitat, there is limited opportunities for Paulinho to burst forward. And if he is caught out of position, both Luiz Gustavo and the entire back line would be exposed.
Again with Willian in the centre of midfield, they can easily shuffle their position. The tactic is only feasible with Willian, not with Oscar. Obviously Oscar doesn’t have that kind of physical strength to compete in what could turn into a scrappy midfield tussle.
During Brazil’s last two friendlies, Willian’s impact was greater than that of Oscar. Oscar looked jaded after a long season and the birth of his first child. So for the circumstance, Brazil is likely more threatening prospect with Oscar had departed.
In a short competition like World Cup (with a maximum of seven games) Willian could well have the upper hand in Scolari’s mind.
Still Oscar is an established part of Scolari’s Selecao setup. As he was ever-present during the side’s run to the Confederations Cup crown. Everyone believes that he had done more than enough to merit inclusion.
May be Felipao’s philosophy admits for familiarity and confidence. And that has assured Brazil make such rapid progress under his tutorship. Back when he named this World Cup squad, Oscar was named with especial praise. Scolari has always described him as one of the best of the world. So, probably Scolari would have to be in a ruthless mood to decide, Oscar or Willian as he has to decide just one!!
But like every Brazilian fans, we believe that this team has grown together. Now they can win together.
The newspapers on 5th July said it all. On Friday night, The host Brazil may have reached the semi-final beating Columbia, but the full cost of their quarter-final victory was being counted. Neymar Jr, the 22 year old super star of this world tournament, the player has kept the weight of Brazilian expectation with calm and some extraordinary good grace, is out of the world cup with a fractured vertebra.
It put thousands of football fans in mourning while watching a newsstand to see image after image of Neymar in agony, being stretchered off the pitch. As Neymar departed down the tunnel, a hush of agony fell over the Fortaleza Stadium as well as over the fan parks across Brazil. The news on O Tempo said that Brazil won the game but lost his star. The Lance demanded in their front page,
“ Play for him”.
“The World Cup was Neymar’s dream and for years he has been thinking about it”,
Neymar’s friend and agent Wagner Ribeiro said.
Neymar was flown to Galeao air base, Rio de Janeiro after the match. Then he was taken by ambulance to Grange Comay Hospital in Teresopolis, the Brazil training base. Outside the hospital, hundreds of fans gathered holding the banners saying “ Forca Neymar”. The phrase also trended on Twitter by Brazil’s 1970 World Cup winning Captain Carlos Alberto Torres. Now, all Brazil is with Neymar with a hope of his recovery and return to the pitch soon.
There was a burst of anger among the fans alongside the sadness and the realization of what this might mean to Brazil in winning the world cup on home soil. The headline of Extra said it all,
The match possessed 54 fouls in total, more than in any other game at this World Cup. However, 31 of them were committed by Brazil. Rotating the offender to avoid cards, tactical fouling, have been the pattern of Brazil’s play throughout this World Cup. The hosts committed 28 of total 51 fouls in their last match against Chile, the second most fouls match of this tournament.
If there was anger in Brazil, there was even more fury in Colombia too. The newspaper Hoy, Diario del Magdalena was in doubt who was to blame for their defeat. It screamed on the front page accusing the Spanish referee.
The incident of the injury didn’t seem noteworthy in the context of a robust game. Zuniga leapt for a high ball while Neymar didn’t. In that, he failed with the Colombian Defender Zuniga making clean contact with the ball. The Spanish referee Carlos Carballo decided the challenge as clean. The defender’s knee caught Neymar in the back in this incident. It is difficult to say whether there was a deliberate attempt to injure or whether he was simply trying retaining the balance.
For Zuniga it was a normal action. He said,
”I never intended to cause harm the player, although we have to play tough on the field.”
The former Brazilian striker and the World Cup top scorer Ronaldo mentioned the action ‘very violent’. The phenomenon sent his condolences to Neymar saying the whole country is proud of him. The team is now determined to win the world Cup and dedicate to him.
However, winning the hexa with Neymar in the Hospital and Thiago Silva in the bench will be harder than anytime for this Brazil team.
Football is the game of passion and footballers are perhaps the most beloved among all kinds of athletes in sports. However, it’s not just love the legendary footballers earn, when they spend some quality time on the football pitch. The great footballers not only earn everyone’s respect, attention and admiration, but also some huge amount of money and fame along with. But this may not always be the scenario after the retirement. Lots of things tend to change when they are not playing on the fields anymore. Sometimes the circumstances become so drastic and dramatic that the footballers have to take jobs which they could never have dreamt of. The Dutch international footballer, Berry Van Aerle choose to be a postman after his retirement. However, not all end on that path, specially the special ones. Some become legends for decades, or even for centuries.
Yes, our today’s article is about them, about the all time football legends. Here, we have made a list of top 10 all time football legends. Some of the list may be dead, but their legends remain still. Please, give your constructional comments about this list.
Unlike modern footballers, Lev Yashin spent his entire career playing for Dynamo Moscow. In his career, the spider stopped astonishing 150 penalty shots which is the highest among any other goalkeepers. He is the only goalkeeper in the history of football to be awarded European footballer of the Year in 1963. His contribution with the Soviet Union national team is remarkable as USSR won 1956 summer Olympics and 1960 European Championship. In the modern era of football, only two goalkeepers , Iker Casillas of Spain and Gianluigi Buffon of Italy have come close to his achievements.
We are very much proud to put him in the list of top 10 all time football legends.
9. Eusebio (Portugal, Forward)
Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, the Portuguese forward attained the nickname “Black Panther” for scoring predatory goals. The legendary Eusebio scored a stunning total of 733 goals in 745 competitive matches. What an amazing ratio that is!! It is the record that every striker can aspire to. His speed, technique and powerful right footed shots amazed the football world with dignity.
Eusebio led the Portugal team to the third place in 1966 world cup and not only that he won the prestigious Golden Boot award with 9 goals in that world cup tournament. Eusebio was also well known for his humble behavior. He saluted Lev Yashin and Gordon Banks to mark his acknowledgement admiring their goalkeeping skills. When was the last time you saw that kind of gesture from the modern age footballers???
Van Basten’s greatest success in the international level was marked in European Championship 1988. With his 5 goals, he was tournament’s top scorer. In that tournament, his hat-trick against England and a spectacular volley against Soviet Union in the finals made him one of the legends. Netherlands went on and won the Euro 1988 trophy.
He scored a total of 218 goals in 280 matches. The record may not be as great as Eusebio’s , but he did it with a career shortened by numerous injuries.
7. Ferenc Puskas (Hungary, Forward)
Ferenc Puskas, the Hungarian forward was as lethal as Eusebio. His predatory instinct in front of the net made him the master of the game. Having played for Real Madrid and Budapest Honved, Puskas has scored a total of 514 goals in 529 matches, almost a 1:1 ratio!
His goal record for Hungary National team is even better, 84 goals in 85 matches! In 1954, Puskas was nominated for the European Player of the Year. He led his team to the finals of 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland, only to lose to the West Germans in the final.
6. Alfredo Di Stefano (Argentina, forward)
This great Argentine footballer was the catalyst to the domination of Real Madrid in the European Cup in the 1950’s. Stefano was given the nickname “Saeta rubia” (Blond arrow) and he was worth it. His tactical intelligence, stamina and versatility made him one of the legends of soccer. In total 512 competitive matches Di Stefano netted 377 goals. His glory also included his participation in Real Madrid’s five back to back Spanish League title triumphs.
Although, he didn’t have a good international record, his remarkable 5 European Cups and 2 FIFA Ballon d’Or in 1957 and 1959 was more than enough to give him a place in our list of top 10 all time football legends.
5. Michel Platini (France, midfielder)
Michel Platini, the former French footballer had proudly put his mark as a part of “carré magique” (The magic square in French). Platini was famous for passing ability, his vision and amazing free kicks.
He scored a record 9 goals in 1984 European Championship. Under his leadership, France also went on to win the 1984 Euro. Throughout the career, Platini scored a total of 224 goals in 432 matches. That’s an outstanding record for any midfielder. In his list of achievement, there are 3 FIFA Ballon d’Ors, which is the highest individual award a player can win. He bagged 41 international goals in 72 appearances for France.
Platini grabs No 5 position on our list of top 10 all time football legends.
4. Franz Beckenbauer (Germany, Defender)
Der Kaiser (The Emperor), as people call the German legend Franz Beckenbauer. With his strong leadership skills and graceful style to play, he remains as the true Emperor in German football. He is one of the two footballers to have ever won the World Cup both as a player and a coach. Beckenbauer led Germany won the World Cup in 1974 and as a coach with Germany he lifted the Cup in 1990.
Two FIFA Ballon d’or and three consecutive European Cups were among his many achievements. You can clearly understand how difficult it was for a defender at that time.
3. Johan Cruyff (Netherlands, Midfielder)
Johan Cruyff is most well-known for being a pioneer of “Total Football” in Dutch National team. Close dribbling, awesome technical ability and fearsome pace with the ball were some of his talents people still admire. Although Cruyff played primarily as a playmaker, he would drift to different positions to confuse the opponents. For a while, he could be a center forward and also drop back to a deep lying midfield position when situation calls for it.
He is another legend who has won FIFA’s prestigious Ballon d’Or three times. There are 291 goals in his bag by appearing 520 games. For the Dutch National team, he scored 33 goals in 42 matches. It is interesting to note that, the Dutch never lost a match in which Johan Cruyff has scored. He played as an integral part of Dutch side when they coasted to the finals against West Germany in 1974 World Cup. The famous “Cruyff Turn” was named after this football legend.
2. Diego Maradona (Argentina, Forward)
Diego Maradona is one of the deadliest Argentine strikers of all time. His infamous “Hand of God” goal against England was one of the historic events in world football. Apart from all these controversies, his dribbling with the ball and his relentless pace amazed all football fans.
In 1986 World Cup, Diego Maradona lifted the trophy, defeating the strong West German side. His performance in that tournament was awarded by naming him the best player and presenting him the Golden Boot award.
Maradona scored a total 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina National team.
No one can forget his spectacular goal against England when he took the ball from midfield and dribbled from the center to score.
In his club career, Maradona has scored 258 goals in 492 matches. He was bit like a nomad as he played for 6 different clubs in his entire football career. Perhaps you can attribute that to his character as he always gets in trouble with either coaches or even teammates.
1. Pele (Brazil, Striker)
Yes, here we are! Pele, the most legendary soccer player in the football history. Brazil’s pride and the national hero scored a stunning total 1281 goals in 1363 matches.
He is truly the goal machine. People call him “The Black Diamond” or even “ The king of football’. He played for Santos for almost the entire career. With Santos he has a host of titles and he is the record holder in the number of Hat-tricks scored, which is 92!
Pele is the only player in the football history to win three World Cups, he won all of them with style. In 1966 world cup, he was brutally fouled and Brazil were eliminated in the first round of the competition. He came back in 1970 World Cup and was awarded “Player of the Tournament’.
Pele is the living legend of football and here in our list of top 10 all time football legends, Pele is the leader of them all.
Last Sunday Brazil got a 2-0 win over Mexico. Brazil team was literally good with some monotonous overtones. But as matter of fact, the Copa America is not only winning the title. At least for the strong sides in this tournament believe this as greater competition within the region. In fact Brazil must have been fascinating to forget those 20-odd minutes of madness last July in FIFA World Cup 2014, Brazil.
It was the Selecao’s first match on home soil since beaten by Holland on July 12. Now Brazil team pretty more prepared to take on Peru this Sunday in their Copa America opener in Chile. The 1994 World Cup winning captain Dunga (current coach of Brazil National Team) is keeping faith in Neymar. He will be counting on his talisman after he reported for national duty last Monday.
Neymar Arrival boosts Brazil for Copa America:
Anyway, you cannot just allow guarantee about the 23-year-old to play any part against the Central Americans. But it was truly a happy ending for Neymar on Champions League Final against Juventus. He netted the third on that night in Berlin last weekend. Dunga believes European success can also help to lift his second continental title. As he had already won the 2007 edition following a 3-0 rout of Argentina recently.
Neymar has far shown no fatigue with 39 goals this season for Barcelona. Even he was a very regular footballer for international arena since 2011. Some say, he needs rest and for the purpose to serve, it will be wise to leave him out of Wednesday’s friendly squad.
After winning the Champions League Final on Saturday, Neymar joined the Brazil squad yesterday. With Neymar’s absence for the match, one man who could return is Santos forward Robinho. Recently the journeyman has returned to the international fold as one of the experienced heads in Brazil.
He is very much expected to be shown as the principal feeder between the freely fluctuating lines between midfield and attack for Selecao team. Elias on the other hand had an excellent performance in both goals as he battles with Casemiro for a place alongside Fernandinho.
The back line now picks itself with Jefferson behind Danilo, Miranda, David Luiz and Filipe Luis. But the Porto right-back is not confirmed for Wednesday’s game. He had recently endured an ankle problem following from Javier Guemez. May be Fabinho would be set to deputies. Again, Willian has stepped up in the absence of midfield partners Luiz Gustavo and Oscar.
This is actually a beneficial chance for Dunga to test a few broader options in Porto Alegre. Shakhtar midfielder Fred had already failed to impose himself on proceedings. While Brazil appear to be on an upward trajectory since the World Cup, last form tells a different guidelines.
Dunga needed to redesign the Brazil side after Luiz Felipe Scolari’s tenure. And probably he has forged a first XI that looks prepared enough on the eve of Copa America. Brazil reverted to two lines of four without the ball against Mexico.
Willian and Coutinho proved capable of causing problems for teams set up to utilize the man marking system. When Robinho drops back into a 4-2-3-1, it leaves Diego Tardelli to lead from the front. Hopefully the lack of definitive positioning will play to Brazil’s strengths this time.
As the tournament approaching just the corner, Dunga must have wished for fine-tuning his prime instruments. Brazil have fond memories of their last visit to Porto Alegre. They had 3-0 win over France on the eve of the Confederations Cup last time.
That was an absolute success for Brazil romped to the title.
On the eve of competition once again, Selecao team appears to be purring. Though Brazil has overwhelmed in last 10 wins from 10 matches, Dunga likes to think only about the upcoming first match for them. And no doubt, with the present focus, Neymar arrival, Brazil team is genuinely boosted for the Copa America chances.
Brazil has achieved the most success as national football team in the FIFA world cup history. Brazil national team won five world cups namely, 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. This year 2014 FIFA world cup is going to be hosted by Brazil. They qualified without playing the play offs. The national team currently ranking no 1 in World Football Elo Rating and 6 in the FIFA world ranking, they will be hard competitors for rest of the nations. They are the only team to have won the world cup in four different continents. Throughout the history Brazil has become the land of great footballers who had influenced the football world profoundly.
I am going to discuss about the top 10 Brazilian footballers of all time. Choose your favourite one among them…
The late Socrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira played for Brazilian national football team from 1979 to 1986. The attacking mid fielder earned his nick name ‘ Doctor Socrates’ as he was a MD in medicine. He scored 22 goals in his 60 appearances for the Brazil national team.
9. Roberto Carlos:
Roberto Carlos started his career as a forward but spent most of the time as a left back. He is well known for his powerful free kicks. From 1992 to 2006 he played for Brazilian national football team with 11 goals in 125 matches.
This attacking mid- fielder won the FIFA world player of the year in 2005 and 2005. For the Brazilian national team he has scored 33 goals in 97 matches. Being an integral part of 2002 Brazilian national team, his greatest achievement was winning the world cup. Starring alongside with Ronaldo and Rivaldo in an attacking trio, he was named in FIFA world cup all star team.
Cafu made himself the most internationally capped male Brazilian player in the history. He is the only player to appear in the three world cup finals-1994, 1998 and 2002. From 1990 to 2006 he played for the Brazilian team and scored 5 goals in 142 appearances. Cafu remains in our list of great Brazilian footballers of all time with dignity.
As a powerful winger, Jairzinho was a member of the legendary Brazilian national football team that won the 1970 FIFA world cup. During the tournament he scored in every match that Brazil played. He was nicknamed as ‘ the Hurricane’. He played in three consecutive world cup, 1966, 1970,1974. Jairzinho played as an asset for Brazilian national team from 1964-1982. During this time he scored 33 goals in 81 appearances.
Zico is commonly called as ‘ the white Pele’ and he is considered as the most skilful finisher of all time for Brazil. He is possibly the best player of the world in late 70s and early 80s. Pele said about Zico,
“throughout the years, the one player that came closest to me was Zico”.
He scored 48 goals in 71 official appearances for Brazil. So in my counting, Zico is certainly one of the best Brazilian footballers of all time.
Romario is a former Brazilian footballer, manager and current politician. He was a part of the Brazilian national team wining FIFA world cup in 1994. He is one of the most prolific strikers and clinical finishers in the football history. He was particularly deadly in one-on-one versus goalkeeper. He is in the 5th position in FIFA player of the century. Romario won FIFA world player of the year and world cup golden ball in 1994. He is the third highest goal scorer for his national team after netting 55 goals in 70 appearances. He is the one of very few strikers to surpass 1000 goals’ landmark in total of any international competition.
Ronaldo won FIFA world player of the year three times and he is the one among the three who have won that honour. He is the second highest goal scorer for the national team as he scored 62 goals in 98 matches. As a part of the Brazilian squad he won 1994 and 2002 world cup. In 1998, he was awarded Golden ball. In 2006 he became the highest goal scorer in the world cup history after scoring his 15th. Commonly called ‘ the Phenomenon’, Ronaldo played as a powerful Brazilian striker played for his nation from 1994 to 2011.
Garrincha playing as a right winger and forward in the Brazilian national team and probably the best dribbler with ball in the football history. Garrincha won the FIFA world cup in 1958 and 1962 with a devastating performance. In 1962 world cup when Pele was out due to injury , he was the only one led the Brazil to victory. He won Golden ball and Golden boot in that tournament. From 1955 to 1966 he played for the Brazil national team and scored 12 goals in 50 matches.
Now comes the no 1, the greatest amongst the greats, Pele. In 1999 Pele was voted World Player of the century. Not only that, in 2013 he received FIFA Ballon d’or Prix D’honour. Pele, “ The Black Pearl” is currently holding Guiness world record of total 1281 goals in 1363 league games. He is hailed as a national hero in his native Brazil. This world known attacking mid-fielder won three world cup in 1958, 1962 and 1970 for the national team. From his 92 appearances he bagged 77 goals for Brazil. American President Ronald Regan said about Pele,
“My name is Ronald Reagan, I’m the President of the United States of America. But you don’t need to introduce yourself, because everyone knows who Pelé is.”
What a remark it was! Yes, Pele is the no 1 in this list of great Brazilian footballers of all time..
The full-name of Neymar is Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, more commonly he is known as Neymar Jr. Neymar is one of the greatest footballers in recent times. He is captaining the Brazil National team. As in club career, he plays for Spanish giant Barcelona. He is the most vital weapon for the Spanish club and plays as a key winger or forward. The great Brazilian footballer Neymar Jr was born on 5 February, 1992, at São Paulo, Brazil. Now, he is among the highest paid soccer player in 2015. Today, we will focus on Neymar Net Worth 2015. So, let’s start.
22-year-old Brazilian super star Neymar Jr. is considered as one of the most skillful footballers in modern football. He has become the most promising soccer player in Latin American football. Last year, in 2014 FIFA World Cup, he showed an outstanding performance and led Brazil to the semifinals. According to the famous Forbes magazine, Neymar earned $33.6 million in the last season of football. He is one of the highest paid soccer players in Forbes’s list.
Neymar Jr. Salary at Barcelona club is estimated a total of $17.6 million. Neymar also earns about $16 million from his endorsement deals with many globally reputed brands. Although, Neymar’s father is only one to decide about financial matter, Wagner Ribeiro is also serving as his agent.
Neymar signed his first major contract with famous Brazilian club Santos at the age of 17. The club paid him about $1.2 million per year as his salary. His salary increased to $4 million per year when he signed a contract extension with Santos. Then in 2013, Neymar Jr. flew to Spain and joined Barcelona F.C by signing a contract which worth $124 million. It was $50 million more than the originally reported one.
Over the course of next five years with Barcelona, Neymar will get $74 million as his salary. He also had an additional $13 million bonus income besides his basic salary. The money comes from his famous endorsements such as Police sunglasses, Castrol and L’Oreal. For a 22-year-old young lad like him, his yearly income is approximately $32 million and it is quite breathtaking indeed.
While talking about Neymar’s prospects, The Brazilian football legend Pele once said that he is “an excellent player“. Neymar, besides Cristiano Ronaldo, another great footballer of modern times, appeared on the covers of Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2013. Neymar Jr. was featured as a TIME magazine cover in February 2013 and became the first Brazilian ever in the history to achieve that.
In May 2013, Neymar was named as the most marketable athlete in the world by SportsPro magazine. In that course, he had to defeat globally renowned athletes like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Usain Bolt, Rory McIlroy to get the top.
In 2010, Santos rejected a £12 million bid offer for Neymar from EPL club West Ham United. Santos once again rejected the offer for Neymar from another English club Chelsea. The bid was widely rumored to be worth £20 million. After repeated rejection from his club, Neymar once said, “I’m focused only on Santos.” On the contrary, his agent, Wagner Ribeiro said,
“Neymar wants to be become the best player in the world. If he stays in Brazil, the chances of him doing that is absolutely zero.”
Neymar admitted that and said it was his dream to play in Europe, a year after the incident in an interview with Daily Telegraph.
In his early young life, Neymar played for the youth side of Portuguesa Santista. Then his family moved to São Vicente in 2003 where Neymar started his first football career. When his family again moved to Santos, Neymar didn’t miss the chance to join famous Brazilian football club Santos FC. His new life began at Santos, while Neymar’s family managed to buy their first property, a house next to the Vila Belmiro. It’s all because of his amazing success of his young football career and growing income. At the age of 15, Neymar net worth was 10,000 reais per month and the living standard of his family improved dramatically. At 16, Neymar net worth became 125,000 reais per month.
Then Neymar made himself signing a full professional contract with Santos FC to play in the first team. As soon as he signed the contracts with Santos, Neymar started receiving several sponsorships. All these endorsement deals have made a good contribution in Neymar net worth 2015.
In March 2011, Neymar signed a contract with famous American Sportswear Company Nike. The deal was signed for 11 years. On the same month, another reputed electronics company Panasonic signed a two-year contract with Neymar, which worth $2.4 million. Eventually, Neymar so many endorsement contracts with several reputed companies like Volkswagen, Tenys Pé Baruel, Carlo, Lupo, Ambev, Unilever and Santander. His endorsement income is estimated total of €20 million on a yearly basis.
In November 2012, Neymar appointed advertising agency Loducca to create his own personal brand logo. The logo was designed especially for him featuring the N, J and R, which were derived from his name ‘Neymar Jr’. The new logo was styled to match his jersey No. 11.
Neymar Jr has created a huge sensation in popular social media by his marvelous skill and growing talent. He reached 48.6 million Facebook fans in October 2014. Neymar also spotted the fourth highest social media rank worldwide among the athletes, only behind to Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and David Beckham. In June 2014, Neymar was featured along with supermodel Gisele Bündchen as a cover photo of Vogue’ Brazilian edition to mark the FIFA World Cup organizes in Brazil.
In April 2013, a famous Brazilian cartoonist Mauricio de Sousa featured young Neymar Jr. as the main character in his Monica’s Gang comic book.
Neymar Jr. is well known for promoting a particular Brazilian modern pop music called ‘Música sertaneja’. The video in which Neymar dances to the tune of Michel Teló’s hit “Ai se eu te pego!” in the Santos locker room with his teammates went viral on YouTube as it got amazing number of hits in couple of days.
Neymar also appeared live in a music concert with Michel Teló. In another concert on Gusttavo Lima’s hits “Balada” and “Fazer Beber”, Neymar Jr. also appeared live with the artist. In 2012, Neymar again made a cameo appearance in the music video of super hit sertanejo song by João Lucas & amp. And again in 2013, he appeared in a rap music video by MC Guimê called “País do Futebol”.
Neymar Jr. has turned himself as a very popular footballer in the world. He has secured a place in the hearts of millions all over the world. With his amazing football skill, his dominant presence in the field and even with his unique hairstyles, Neymar is the most prolific footballer in modern times. However, it is well expected that Neymar will definitely create some greater moments in football than he already has, and will be remembered for his incredible performance.
Mostly, if we try to find out some of the expensive transfer fees in soccer, we will always end up with great attacking players. The top transfer fees have always been featuring strikers or attacking midfielders. Probably one need to find further down the list to discover the first defender in this list of most expensive transfer fees. The transfer market had never valued defenders as much as attacking players. But no doubt, the league tables in Europe will reveal a different story for defenders.
Each of the leading teams in Europe has conceded the fewest goals. AS Roma and Juventus from Italy, Chelsea from EPL, PSG from France, Barcelona and real Madrid from Spain all are in the list. Some of these great legendary football clubs are to be found to have expensive defenders with them.
Most Expensive Transfer Fees for Defenders:
We will actually search the whole history of soccer and put the top three names here in this list of top three most expensive transfer fees for defenders in soccer. All the transfer fee figures have been converted to US dollars.
Let’s find who is the most expensive defender in soccer history?
3. Rio Ferdinand – $50.04 Million
From Leeds United to Manchester United
Manchester United broke the EPL transfer record in summer 2002. They brought Rio Ferdinand from rivals Leeds United for $50.04 million. Ferdinand had won the Premier League title six times, the League Cup twice, the FIFA World Cup once and the Champions League once in United. He was suspended from January 2004 for missing drug test in 2003.
He had to miss half the premier League along with the European Champions season. He was also the captain for Manchester before various injury problems. The 35 year old Ferdinand is still part of the Manchester United squad. In fact it was for the last season for to play with the red devils in 2013/2014 season.
2. Marquinhos – $50.21 Million
From Roma to Paris Saint Germain
He is probably the youngest member in this list of three most expensive transfer fees for defenders in soccer. Marquinhos at the age of 19, was signed by French champions Paris Saint Germain from AS Roma for $50.21 million in 2013. He is a highly rated youngster and was named as one of the ten most promising young defenders.
Marquinhos also made his international debut for the Brazilian National Team in 2013. He in fact joined his Brazilian compatriots Alex and Thiago Silva at the Parisian giant club. Undoubtedly he had shown impressive performance so that to start as central defender alongside Silva.
1. Thiago Silva – $58.88 Million
From A.C. Milan to Paris Saint Germain
Thiago Silva is the number one player in this list. He is the most expensive defender in soccer history. Of course the man is thought to be one of the best defenders in the current soccer world. Football fans would definitely acknowledge his large transfer fee as fair reflection. Thiago Silva was transferred from A.C. Milan to Paris Saint Germain (PSG) for a fee of $58.88 million in 2012.
Silva captained the team to their first League Championship since 1994 in 2012/2013 season. Silva being arguably the best defender, also captained Brazil to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazil. Previously he had the glory of being a silver medalist for Brazil during the 2012 London Olympics.