He's just 22 years old, but Neymar is already drawing comparisons to some of soccer's biggest legends. Did you know that at 14, the young star nearly left Brazil for a contract with Real Madrid? Find out more things you might not know about the player many consider the next Pelé.
— Danielle Elliot, Yahoo Sports JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 05: Neymar of Brazil and Anele Ngcongca of Brazil during the International Friendly match between South Africa and Brazil at FNB Stadium on March 05, 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images) FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2013 file photo, Brazil's Neymar (10) controls the ball against Portugal during the second half of a friendly soccer match, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24: Neymar of FC Barcelona with his son davi Lucca walk out the pitch prior to the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad de Futbol at Camp Nou on September 24, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. (David Ramos/Getty Images) Brazil's Neymar celebrates after scoring against Panama during a friendly soccer match at the Serra Dourada stadium in Goiania, Brazil, Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Andre Penner) LANDOVER, MD - MAY 30: Neymar #11 of Brazil and Jermaine Jones #13 of USA collide going after the ball during an International friendly game at FedExField on May 30, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Oscar of Brazil, Neymar of Brazil and Hulk of Brazil look on with their silver medals during the medal ceremony for the Men's Football Final between Brazil and Mexico on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images) RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 30: Neymar of Brazil poses with the trophy at the end of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Final match between Brazil and Spain at Maracana on June 30, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) FILE - In this June 3, 2013 file photo, FC Barcelona's then new signing Neymar gestures upon his arrival at the club's office at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. A Spanish court has charged Spanish league champion Barcelona with tax fraud of euro 9.1 million ($12.5 million) over the transfer of Brazil forward Neymar. Judge Pablo Ruz said in his decision, released on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 there was enough evidence to merit charges over Neymar's 57 million-euro (then $77 million) move from Santos last summer. Thursday's decision comes a day after public prosecutor Jose Perals charged Barcelona with fabricating simulated contracts and using "financial engineering" to defraud the Spanish Treasury. Barcelona has denied the charges. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File) FC Barcelona's Neymar from Brazil, centre, leaves the field injured during a Spanish Copa del Rey match between FC Barcelona and Getafe at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 01: Neymar of Barcelona celebrates his goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between FC Barcelona and Club Atletico de Madrid at Camp Nou on April 1, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) Neymar's girlfriend, the Brazilian actress Bruna Marquezine, sits in the stands along with with fans of the Brazilian national soccer team, during a practice session at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Sunday, June 1, 2014. Brazil will travel this Sunday for the team's warm-up against Panama on Tuesday in preparation for the World Cup soccer tournament that starts on 12 June. (AP Photo/Leo Correa) FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, celebrates after scoring a penalty with his teammate Neymar during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Espanyol at Cornella-El Prat stadium in Cornella Llobregat, Spain, Saturday, March 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)