Paris Sait-Germain striker and great dribbler Neymar Jr has once again netted another Samba d’Or award. The recent award marks his sixth Samba d’Or award and the fourth back-to-back win, Vinicius Junior who is also a promising Brazilian footballer finished as runners-up in the nominee list.
The trophy was inaugurated in 2008 by Samba Foot and is aimed at awarding the best Brazilian player playing in Europe, according to Sports brief. Once the organization makes the list of nominees, fans, journalists and a selection of legendary football players go on to do the voting to determine the winner of the award. Legendary footballer Kaka was the first player to win the award in 2008 after its inauguration.
Neymar who is the reigning winner of the club won his first Samba award in 2014 and went on to take it again in 2015. After that, he missed the 2016 award and would go on to reclaim it in 2017. In 2017, 2018, and 19 he didn’t get the award until 2020 and since then he has strongly held the record and now he clinches the trophy for the fourth consecutive time.
Neymar was not the only player who walked home with a trophy in this year’s event, Debinha Olievera was also awarded the best female Brazil player of the year while 16-year-old Endrick Felipe went home with the best Brazilian youngster of the year.
Neymar wins the 2022 Samba Gold, à trophy given to the best Brazilian player in Europe! 🇧🇷👏🏽 pic.twitter.com/k3NLIvcMXv
— PSG Report (@PSG_Report) February 6, 2023
Neymar Jr 2022 Success and Beating Vinicius Jr and Casemiro.
Brazil is considered home to the great footballers in the world, from the late Pele to Neymar Jr. Aside from Neymar Jr, other top-notch players who were on the list include, Vinicius Jr who won a La Liga title last year with Real Madrid after scoring the only goal in the match. On top of that, Vinicius has also led a successful campaign with Real Madrid this season standing second in the La Liga table.
Manchester United’s Casemiro was also on the list, Thiago Silva was also on that list and not forgetting Raphinha who has also been leading a successful campaign with the La Liga giants and they are currently at the top of the table.
Neymar Jr. 2022 Success
Neymar Jr was among the players who had a successful 2022 season when he run a successful campaign for Ligue 1 giants, Paris Saint-Germain. During his last year’s season, Neymar recorded 12 goals and 10 assists in 18 appearances and went on to help the club secure their 10th League title.
On top of that, he played a key role in Brazil’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifications and went on to lead the team to the quarter-finals.