Neymar makes Santos debut

March 7, 2009 at 23:49 7 comments


Also see Neymar: the next Robinho or just another Lulinha?

17-year-old star in the making, Neymar, was finally unleashed on the world stage when he came off the bench in Santos’ 2-1 over Oeste.

Neymar was handed his first start early in the second-period. Despite the colossal media interest, the youngster had a reasonable game and even hit the woodwork – though the ‘shot’ was clearly a miss-hit cross.

The teenager, who only turned pro in January, has long been touted as the new Robinho. Aware of the interest from Europe’s big spenders, Santos have slapped a rather hefty €30 million price tag on his head.

Last week, the forward extended his contract with Santos until 2014. But the deal involved the sports investment company, Groupo Sonda, who now own 40% of the player.

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior is only 1.74m and weighs just 54 kilos but his technical ability and speed more than compensate for his lack of height and bulk.

Santos, though, will be hoping that Neymar does not go the way of so many teenage sensations that have emerged in Brazil in recent years. Both the club and Neymar will be all too aware of players such as Lulinha at Corinthians who showed some promise but were over hyped and failed to live up to expectations.

See the highlights of Oeste 1-2 Santos here


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Martin  |  March 8, 2009 at 14:45

    Speaking of players who failed to live up to their hype what happened to Renatinho, the previous “next Robinho?”

    And what of the oft injured master of the seal dribble Kerlon?

  • 2. pitacodogringo  |  March 8, 2009 at 15:37

    Renatinho joined CA Rentistas of Uruguay in July last year – don’t know if he’s still there

    Kerlon’s at Chievo – if you search the site, you should find a post on that move

  • 3. LF  |  March 8, 2009 at 17:11

    He was mentioned in FourFourTwo as one of the next big talents. No doubt the media machine will soon go into overdrive. Most journalists in Europe have probably never seen him but will declare him the next Pele if he scores a goal soon. Good luck to him. Hope he doesn’t turn into an arse due to the money and the fame.

  • 4. jzlim11  |  March 10, 2009 at 07:08

    What about Jean Chera Carlos?? Hope to see him makes his senior debut soon.

  • 5. Henrique  |  March 28, 2009 at 12:19

    new robinho? so he will go to real madrid and then leave them because he said they can’t make him the best player in the world and then for that reason move to an english lower table club. new pele yes. new robinho no thanks.

  • 6. NK  |  September 13, 2013 at 01:30

    Reblogged this on All about Neymar and commented:
    Neymar debut in Santos in 2009 when he was just 17 years old.

  • 7. Latest  |  April 30, 2017 at 11:32

    Hello. remarkable job. I did not expect this.

    This is a fantastic story. Thanks!


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