by ethnic on March 12, 2014

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 21, 2013: Brazilian soccer team cele

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. In August 2017, he moved from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in a transaction worth €222 million, making him the world’s most expensive football player ever.

He is the son of Nadine da Silva and Neymar Santos. His parents are of mixed European and African heritage.

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.

Neymar has a son with his former partner, Carolina Dantas.

photo by sonia alves/

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stlucas October 18, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Just like Ronaldo, he has also stated in 2010 that he is not black. Actually, it took years and years of racial slurs being thrown at him, for him to possibly start considering his African roots. That’s really sad.

andrew October 18, 2017 at 5:14 pm

I agree with Neymar. He is not black. He is mixed-race.

stlucas October 18, 2017 at 5:28 pm

He is mixed-race, but I think there is a difference between “I’m not black” and “I’m part black”. And when asked if he had ever been a victim of racism, he said something in the lines of “No, never, because I’m not even black”.

andrew October 18, 2017 at 6:14 pm

He’s definitely part black. But if he said that in 2010, he was just 18. A kid.

andrew October 18, 2017 at 2:53 pm

Add this:

In August 2017, Neymar moved from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in a transaction worth €222 million, making him the world’s most expensive football player ever.

andrew September 17, 2016 at 7:07 pm
Kimmel August 25, 2016 at 2:58 pm

Just recently saw pictures of his five year old kid, the boy has blonde hair and is pale as anything. Neymar truly has a mixture of genetics flowing through him.

asdfkj October 27, 2015 at 5:38 pm

hard to define his ethnics

maurogomes3193 June 12, 2015 at 4:02 pm


M June 6, 2015 at 12:52 am

He does not look black and white, he looks black, white, and Amerindian.

gprswap3 May 13, 2015 at 4:15 pm

his mom party european his dad party jewish and native and black blood by look. His name Neymar even weird neimar,naymer,neimer (all jewish) neymar unkow but looks no other solution its jewish name…

Matt the Brazilian March 5, 2018 at 8:03 pm

Name is not a surname and does not mean ancestry, in Brazil there are many English Surnames that are used as name Such: Anderson, Jefferson, Nelson, and foreign laguage surname as name as Kennedy it’s do not mean nothing for ancestry

rubymoon March 20, 2015 at 7:11 pm

Neymar is Brazilian Pardo. The term “pardo” is more commonly used to refer to mixed race Brazilians, individuals with varied racial ancestries.

black_bahian February 5, 2015 at 11:03 am

how ignorant foreigner people are lol every people with small eyes are “japanese”asian, also amerindians have eyes like this even blacks have eyes like this, not slanted

black_bahian February 5, 2015 at 11:06 am

neymar is a classic mulatto

WTF October 11, 2014 at 4:40 am

He actually looks Southeast Asian to me.

black plague October 3, 2014 at 11:33 pm

If you call someone Mediterranean,it’s implying Greek, spanish, south french and italian.Clearly Neymar is none of these cases.He looks arab, then should be called arab.Along the mediterranean sea live also slavs, jews and turks, you don’t
call jewish guy a mediterranean, you call him jew,that’s the point.
Now people say he’s beautiful and hot? Only his money turned him beautiful and hot.The same case with Michael Obama, people say she’s beautiful and elegant,wtf?
If Michel Obama is beautiful and elegant then what you say to Monica Bellucci?
There’s an universe of difference between Michelle Obama and Monica Bellucci.
I’m not racist, I’m black too, my ancestors came from Adis-abeba.I’m black but not insane,that’s the point.

andrew October 4, 2014 at 5:31 am

Neymar looks “Arab”? ok.

shobohunter February 5, 2015 at 3:33 pm

another stupid on this site
no he looks native MesoAmerican then anything else. don’t try to throw everyone or anything that of ambiguous ethnicity or race in one box on that which you have no fucking knowledge of ..
there are plenty pure Arab footballers in international football non-of them looks like him.
also Arab is an ethnicity not a race u illinformed
fucking retarded.

here is an fucking Arab for you

shobohunter February 5, 2015 at 4:05 pm

that was a replay for @black plague

andrew February 6, 2015 at 3:06 am
kpop_rubba July 15, 2015 at 10:46 pm

Agree, he doesn’t look Arab and his Amerindian traits are strong, but his hair is nappy (he gets it relaxed) and his eyes are light… Strong indications of both his African and European roots.

neiltennant July 29, 2014 at 4:29 pm

oh my god i hate football/soccer

but he looks so hot

he has definitely green eyes.
Beautifiul guy

are you sure he is of african descent ? He looks more mediterranian to me

Betta Franka September 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm

He doesn’t look 100% Mediterranean, in fact, he doesn’t look 100% anything so it’s safe to say he’s mixed. His looks however, although possible, are not common among mulattoes. Wouldn’t be surprised he had native ancestry as well. In any case, I don’t find him to be that goodlooking.

black plague September 29, 2014 at 9:52 pm

A beautiful guy and looks mediterranean.
It’s madness.Gay people and women became
day by day crazier.

andrew September 30, 2014 at 5:40 am

He has some Mediterranean features but he’s just a Brazilian “pardo”-moreno.

nina January 11, 2015 at 11:39 am

They probably mean north africa which aren’t black

Pedroo July 29, 2014 at 11:41 am

He is tri racial.

JasonBaker July 5, 2014 at 11:32 am

He does look triracial.

ssempre July 4, 2014 at 10:20 pm

He looks afro-mestizo to me.

ssempre July 6, 2014 at 5:34 pm

honestly though, I wouldn’t be surprised if he has some Japanese ancestry too…

a June 29, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Neymar looks triracial(black,portuguese and native american),he is most black
his family:

andrew June 30, 2014 at 6:00 am
a July 3, 2014 at 10:14 am

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