Day in the Life:
Brazil’s favorite footballer just won the gold in Rio…
Since age 11, Neymar has been training with professional football clubs. Outside of football, sleep and meals, what goes on his day-to-day? Was he simply born great, or is there something he does on a daily basis that keeps him at the top of his game?
At 24 years-old, Neymar is already considered one of the best soccer players ever. He’s won multiple titles with Barcelona, a FIFA Confederations Cup, National Championship and two medals at the Olympics with Brazil. ESPN cited Neymar as the fourth-most famous athlete worldwide in 2016.
Neymar’s Daily Routine
- 630AM – Wake Up
- 9AM – Practice with team on the football pitch
- 12PM – Lunch with the team at the FC Barcelona’s Ciutat Esportiva Club
- 2PM – Afternoon gym workouts with personal trainer
- 330PM – Rehab with physical therapist
- 6PM – Dinner with his father, sister and friends at home. Favorite is Japanese food.
- 8PM – Play video games with his friends at home. Usually FIFA, Call of Duty or video poker.
- 10PM – Sleep
Lives with Dad
Neymar’s father Neymar Sr. is a former football player himself, and by enforcing discipline in the early years is credited with Neymar Jr.’s strong work ethic. Today, he acts as Neymar’s advisor and manages his finances, contracts and day-to-day engagements. Neymar’s mother and 5-year old son live in São Paulo, Brazil, while his younger sister spends equal time in both locations.
Neymar tries to eat healthy but has a soft spot for all things naughty. He enjoys hamburgers, chocolate and cake. His personal cook follows his orders, but balances with Brazilian staples like chicken, rice and beans. Lasagna and risotto are also favorites, the most popular dinner item is Japanese food and most popular breakfast items are eggs and cereal.
For the Love of the Game
Neymar enjoys many hobbies and perhaps his favorite is still football. He expresses an incredible love for the game, and knows this is what keeps him happy:
Since I was little, I have always been very cheerful and playful with everyone. I like to enjoy myself!… It’s fun that has to be managed. You must be serious with it. But I’m always happy when I play. When you’re happy, things naturally work out; when you’re sad, things never work out.
Neymar will juggle the football in his free time, and carry it and kick it towards the elevator for example… even after a game. His favorite outdoor activity in his backyard is “Futtoc“, a soccerized version of ping pong. Combining Brazilian samba or pagoda music with his love of football is probably Neymar’s favorite way to spend a moment:
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