Neymar da Silva Santos Junior has had a illustrious career, starring in the Brazilian league for Santos and also for Brazil in the international game. If you add to the fact that he has moved to Barcelona, one of the best club sides in the world, this bright young payer of 21 seems to have it all.
However, seasoned observers doubt that Neymar will fulfil his potential and become a star at Barcelona and blossom into one of the best players in the world. There is undoubtedly a lot of pressure on the young an to come good, particularly as he is under such media scrutiny.The early signs are inconclusive as Neymar has produced flashes of brilliance, and he seems to be coming into a good run of form, destryoing Celtic in the champions league with a hatrick full of pace, power and guile all rolled into one. 10 goals in 22 appearances for Barcelona is a good start.
However it is not putting in the same bracket as the legendary Lionel Messi. Being in the shadow of arguably the world's best player may knck Neymar's confidence and result in him producing some below par performances. However, Messi doesn't seem to be the force he once was and his progress has been blighted this season by a series of niggly injuries.
This could be both a good and a bad thing for Neymar, but perhaps it might just be making of the young Brazilian star.