Game Changer: Why Is Soccer Superstar Neymar Still Playing in Brazil?

Alessio Romenzi for TIME

Neymar earns enough at Santos to decline lucrative overseas offers

As the spiky-haired young man hailed by all of Brazil as the Next Pelé places the ball on the penalty spot, I sit rigid with anticipation on a field-level seat barely 10 m behind the goal. Moments later, the blurry orb comes straight at me with explosive speed, freezing me in fear. In the instant before the ball catches the net I know the utter hopelessness a goalkeeper must feel when Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. bears down on him. Then the stadium erupts, and all eyes follow the superstar as he wheels away in jubilant celebration, followed by a whooping...

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