Top 20 highest-paid football players 2012

By Zhang Junmian
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  Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior  内马尔•达•席尔瓦


Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior (C) [Photo / Xinhua]

 Rank 2012:13;Earnings 2011:€13.8 million

Rank 2011:NA;Earnings 2010:NA

Date of Birth:Feb. 5, 1992



Marital Status:Single (girlfriend Fernanda Barroso)

Brazilian superstar Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior is more commonly known simply as Neymar. He is currently mainly playing as a striker in the Brasileirão Série A for Santos and the Brazilian national team. The rebellious teenage footballer, with lightening speed, amazing dribbling and scoring capabilities, excels in both creating goals and making them himself. The 20-year-old footballer announced that he became the father of a baby boy in May 2011, but didn't disclose any information about the 17-year-old mother.

Dubbed "Pelé II", the footballer has always amazed the audience and media with his extraordinary performance on the pitch. Though he is ordinary in either height (174cm) or weight (55kg), he has been sought after by preeminent football clubs including Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona. Santos has placed an asking price of €30 million for the talented starlet, and tied him down to a new contract lasting until Dec. 2014.

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