The Brazilian star has played his 100th game for FC Barcelona – and here’s a musical reminder of some of the most memorable moments
One hundred games and counting. Neymar Jr has become established as one of the greatest FC Barcelona players of the modern era, and what better way to celebrate his century of appearances than these video highlights set to the music of his native Brazil.
And when you’re done, make sure you check out our special feature on Neymar’s stats for FCB as well.
A massive 42.96% of the Brazilian’s shots on target in an FC Barcelona shirt have resulted in goals – of which he has an impressive tally of 58 in his first century of appearances
Neymar Jr joined Barça in the summer of 2013 and has now made it to 100 appearances for the club. He already has five titles under his belt and now is the perfect time to look back at the impressive stats that he has accumulated in just over two seasons of football in Barcelona.
He has started 87 of those games, totalling 7,663 minutes. In that time he has only ever experienced 15 defeats, along with 11 draws. Barça won all 74 of the other encounters – as the following breakdown shows (click on the different competitions to view the charts):
Goals are second nature to Neymar. He made a great start by scoring the winner in the 2013 Spanish Super Cup, but it was in the 2014/15 season that he really started delivering at an extraordinary rate. He’s got 59 in his personal account, and this chart will provide some insight into where those goals have come from.
The Brazilian’s stats are even more staggering when we look at his shooting rate. When Neymar hits the target, there is a 42.96% chance that he’s going to find the back of the net. Here his shots are divided into different categories and competitions – have fun exploring Neymar’s brilliance from a variety of different angles!
Being part of what many claim to be the best attacking threesome ever assembled, where he plays alongside Messi and Suárez, Neymar’s job is as much about providing goals as it about scoring them himself. Here you can analyse his goal assist and passing rates.
Four FC Barcelona players have been summoned to action by head coach Vicente del Bosque for Friday’s game against Luxembourg
The Spanish national team are back in action on Friday night for their penultimate qualifying match for the UEFA Euro 2016. Head coach Vicente del Bosque has called on four FC Barcelona players as La Roja look to stamp their ticket for the continental championship, to be held in France next summer.
Spain currently lead Group C with 21 points, two more than Slovakia and five more than Ukraine. With a sizeable goal difference in hand, Del Bosque’s side need only a draw in one of their final two qualifiers in order to clinch a spot at the big dance.
Tonight’s game is in Logroño, in north-central Spain, where the two-time defending European champions will face a Luxembourg who are second to last in the group with just 4 points. Blaugrana defenders Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba and Marc Bartra, and midfielder Sergio Busquets could all see some action. The game kicks off at 8.45pm CET at the Estadio Las Gaunas.
Spain then close out qualifying for Euro 2016 against third-place Ukraine on Monday 12 October. Ukraine may still have a chance to qualify, depending on Friday’s results.
Rayo Vallecano visit the Camp Nou on October 17 – the first of seven matches over the next four weeks
Barça have seven games between now and the last international break of the year, which will be followed by the big trip to the Santiago Bernabéu. Four of those games are in La Liga, and three of those are at the Camp Nou (Rayo Vallecano, Eibar and Villarreal). The only way trip in the domestic championship will be to Getafe.
The Champions League brings back-to-back encounters with Bate Borisov. The first in in Belarus, and the second is at the Camp Nou. There is also the first game in the Copa del Rey to loom forward, against an opponent and on a date yet to be confirmed.
The midfielder receives the award for the outstanding season he had with FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Croatia national team midfielder Ivan Rakitic received the award for best Croatian player of 2015 according to the Zagreb-based daily newspaper Vecernji List. The decision to name Rakitic this year’s winner was based on his contributions to both Barça and the national team, as well as his influence during the Club’s treble-winning season.
It is the first time that Rakitic has won the award. Other internationally renowned players to have taken home the honours in previous years include Davor Suker, Luka Modric and Mario Mandzukic. Rakitic is the second Barça player to have been chosen as the best player in Croatia. Former midfielder Robert Prosinecki won it in 1997.