In a recent surprise appearance at his boyhood club Santos in Brazil, Neymar Jr. promised that he will one day return to Brazilian club football. The Brazilian footballer made his international debut with Santos in 2009 at the tender age of 17 and quickly established himself as one of Brazil’s most promising young players.
Neymar’s incredible skill on the field caught the attention of Barcelona, and in 2013, he signed with the Catalan club. He went on to have a fruitful career at Camp Nou, playing alongside Lionel Messi and other talented players. However, in 2017, he moved to Ligue 1 after PSG paid a world-record transfer fee of €222 million to acquire his services.
Despite rumors suggesting that Neymar intended to remain in Paris for the foreseeable future, the Brazilian star hinted that he may consider a return to his home country. Speaking after watching Santos’ Copa Sudamericana match against Audax Italiano, which he watched from one of the club’s executive stands, Neymar expressed his happiness at being back in Santos after ten years.
Neymar’s affection for Santos is evident, as the club gave him everything and opened doors for him and his family, revealing him to the world. “It was the club that gave me everything, that opened doors for me and my family, that revealed me to the world,” Neymar said. “One day I’ll be back, I’ll be back soon.” He clarified that he intends to end his career at a club where he kick-started his career in the global spotlight.
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While Neymar is currently sidelined by a knee injury, he has been establishing a reputation for himself in the casino industry. In a recent hour-long gaming session, which was streamed publicly, he lost a whopping £900,000. Despite concerns about his future in France, Neymar is still under contract with PSG until 2025, and when he recovers from injury, he will continue to link up with superstars like Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe.
Neymar’s return to Brazilian club football would undoubtedly be a major event for the sport in Brazil. While it remains to be seen when he will make this move, it is clear that his affection for Santos runs deep, and he is eager to return to the club that gave him his start in professional football. Fans around the world will be eagerly watching to see how Neymar’s career develops in the coming years and where he ultimately decides to play.