Paris Saint Germain Star Named 2022 Best Brazilian in Europe Ahead of Vinicius Junior

Paris Saint Germain Star Named 2022 Best Brazilian in Europe Ahead of Vinicius Junior

Isaac Darko
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:25 PM
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  • Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar Junior is the winner of Samba Gold 2022
  • The award is given to the best Brazilian footballer playing abroad
  • It is the 6th time that Neymar has won the award

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar has been named the best Brazilian player in Europe by Sambafoot.

The 31-year-old won the Samba d'Or for a record sixth time in his career in nine years. This is the fourth consecutive time the dribbling magician has bagged the laurel.

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Neymar registered 12 goals and 10 assists in 18 appearances in 2022 for PSG in Ligue 1. Credit: @espnfc
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The award, inaugurated in 2008, won first by Kaka, recognises the best Brazilian player in Europe, per PSG Report.

It is voted for by fans, journalists, a selection of former players and Sambafoot's online readers.

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Neymar, who turned 31 on Sunday, had also been the recipient of the Samba d'Or in 2014, 2015, 2017, 2020, and 2021.

As noted by Samba Foot, Debinha Oliviera won the award for the best female Brazil player, while 16-year-old wonderkid Endrick Felipe was named the best Brazilian youngster.

Who did Neymar beat for the award?

Neymar beat off competition from Real Madrid stars Vinicius Junior, who won the La Liga and Champions League last year, Barcelona's Raphinha, Manchester United midfielder Casemiro and Chelsea veteran defender Thiago Silva.

How did Neymar fare in 2022

Neymar had an outstanding campaign for PSG last season, scoring 12 goals and registering 10 assists in 18 appearances for PSG last year in Ligue 1.

The Brazil No.10 was also instrumental for the South American giants during the Qatar World Cup.

He scored a brilliant goal against Croatia in the dying stage of the quarter finals, but Brazil had to bow out from the Mundial as the European side pulled off a last-gasp equaliser and eventually had the last laugh following tiebreakers.

Neymar declares love for Bruna

Brazilian superstar Neymar has publicly declared his love for beautiful model Bruna Biancardi as captured in a post on Instagram, Sports Brief earlier reported.

Daily Star reports that the Paris Saint-Germain star publicly showed his affection for the model for the first time since they have been dating.

The former Barcelona forward seems to have made up his mind and now wants to flaunt the beauty to the whole world, with an emotional message on Instagram to mark her 28th birthday.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)