Explosive and extraordinary, Neymar’s skills honed in the streets and indoor festal pitches, then at Portuguese Sandinista and Santos, all in amidst the roller-coaster journey of life, are now making him the epitome of consistency for Brazil as well as Barcelona.

Here 5 lesser known facts about Neymar jr. that will make you appreciate how hard he’s had it.

He was born in Mogi das Cruzes which, if we’re being kind, is not the most salubrious suburb of Sao Paulo you’re ever likely to find.

His Dad, Neymar Sr, had just given up on his failing football career when Neymar Jr came along and eventually had to work three jobs to make ends meet.

Things were so tight they couldn’t even afford electricity

Neymar’s early childhood was conducted by candlelight as unpaid bills meant frequent power outages.

Things got worse before they got better

The whole family had to move in with Neymar’s grandparents to save money. They all had to cram into one tiny bedroom And share a single mattress.

Neymar nearly died

His Dad crashed his car on a mountainside, The four-month-old Neymar was thrown from the car and later found bleeding by the side of the road. Thankfully, for him and for football, he escaped with minor injuries.