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Neymar Jr.

Neymar was the undoubted star of the Brazil side that won their first Olympic football title on home soil at Rio 2016.

The Barcelona forward scored the winning penalty in the shootout victory over Germany in front of 78,000 fans at the Maracana Stadium and also scored four goals during the tournament.

He found the net in the quarter-final, twice in the semi-final against Honduras - and scored a brilliant free-kick in normal time in the final.

Neymar was also a member of the Brazilian team that won a silver medal at the Olympic Games London 2012. He scored three goals in the tournament but was unable to help his side avoid a 2-1 defeat against Mexico in the final at Wembley Stadium.

Neymar made his senior international debut for Brazil in a 2010 friendly against the United States and scored in a 2-0 win.

He plays in Spain’s top league, and along with fellow superstars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, has formed the world's most lethal attack, leading La Liga club Barcelona to four trophies in the 2015/16 season.

At the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Neymar scored four goals before he had to leave the tournament with a fractured vertebrae he suffered in the quarter-finals. But he still received the Bronze Boot as the tournament’s third top goalscorer and was named in the World Cup All Star team.

He has become a global celebrity and appeared on the cover of Time magazine in February 2013, a first for a Brazilian athlete. The issue included an article titled "The Next Pelé" and subtitled "How the career of Brazilian football star Neymar explains his country's economy."

SportsPro twice named Neymar the most marketable athlete in the world (2012, 2013) and in June 2016, ESPN ranked Neymar fourth on their world’s most famous athlete list.

Neymar Jr.

Neymar Jr. Neymar celebrating Brazil’s convincing 6-0 defeat of Honduras in the football semifinals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. (JULIO CESAR GUIMARAES/UOL/NOPP)

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