Neymar Jr made his senior international debut for Brazil, aged 18, in a friendly against the United States on 10th August 2010 and scored in the 2-0 win. As of October 2018, Neymar Jr has appeared on a further 93 occasions and scored 59 goals – making him the third highest goalscorer on the all-time list for his country behind Pele and Ronaldo.
A key member of the Brazil sides that won the 2011 South American Youth Championship and 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, Neymar Jr finished as top goalscorer in the former and won the Golden Ball as Player of the Tournament in the latter. He represented his country at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2015 Copa America although his participation was cut short by injury and suspension respectively.
He then captained Brazil at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio as they went on win their first gold medal in men’s football. They defeated Germany 5-4 on penalties in final, with Neymar Jr scoring the winning penalty having previously put his side ahead before Germany equalized to take the match to extra time.
The hopes of the nation were pinned on Neymar Jr as Brazil headed to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, however his personal preparations for the tournament were disrupted through injury and they were eliminated by Belgium the quarter-finals. At 26-years-old, he still has time to realize his dream of winning the FIFA World Cup with Qatar hosting the next edition in 2022.