Birth Name: Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior
Place of Birth: Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo, Brazil
Date of Birth: 5 February, 1992
Ethnicity: Brazilian (African, Portuguese, possibly other)
Neymar is a Brazilian professional football player and actor.
He is the son of Nadine da Silva and Neymar Santos. His parents are of mixed European and African heritage. A picture of young Neymar and his parents and sister can be seen here. A picture of Neymar’s grandmother can be seen here.
Neymar has been the target of alleged racial abuse occasionally throughout his career, and his ethnic identity has provoked much discussion. Considered one of the most marketable sportsmen in the world, Neymar has graced the covers of some of the biggest magazines, including Time and GQ.
Sources: Article about Neymar’s race – http://blackwomenofbrazil.co
Racial incident in Scotland – http://www.thenational.ae
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