FM 2012 player profile – Neymar

FM 2012 best players

written by Darren Smith


Age: 19

Position: ST/AMLC

Club: Santos

Nationality: Brazilian

Value: £13.75 million

Price tag: £84 million (in patch 12.2)

Neymar’s profile in 2011 (after starting new game, patch 12.2)

 Neymar’s scouting report from Cagigao of Arsenal

Neymar’s profile aged 27 in the year 2019

Neymar’s career history until 2019

This FM 2012 player profile of Neymar is that of the ultimate wonderkid. Many compare him to Messi, and while I don’t think you can do so that with any player Neymar is certainly the closest you’ll come. This kid has it all, in fact he’s so talented I won’t begin to list his top attributes….all I will say is my rating stands at 10/10 even though his asking price can be around £84 million from the games start.

Best buy rating: 10/10

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December 8, 2011 2:01 pm

He is absolutely amazing! Santos got relegated in my game (in about 2013) so I picked him up for £25 million. Absolute bargain.

December 8, 2011 6:33 pm

win!! :D

December 8, 2011 8:51 pm

That’s epic Louis!

January 5, 2012 12:27 pm

I am first season with Man U and the board decided to sign him in January 2012 for 55million! Absolutely exctatic!!!

December 12, 2011 8:49 am

managed to get him at 34mill at the end of the 1st season…

i think hes the most dangerous player on FM…whilst hazard gets more assists…neymar is a goal machine…

December 13, 2011 1:16 am

Hi Tom, how you play Neymar? As alone striker with Poacher duty? Hazard as IF? I’m just worried he will be a failure if he is not suit to my tactics.

December 13, 2011 7:18 am

have both hazard and neymar as IF…Neymar (on the right wing) weighed in with 34 goals in 48 games from that position…

I have from time to time played him as a poacher…he is good there but for my personal tactics he is better suited a a winger cutting inside…much like cristiano ronaldo wen he was at man utd

December 14, 2011 3:06 am

Hi Tom, Thanks. Seems like Neymar is a scoring machine for FM 12. your both IF is on attack duty? Who is your striker then? I have Cavani on my right wing, as IF, good in scoring.

Hi Darren, which post is Neymar playing on real madrid side? right wing also?

December 16, 2011 4:57 pm

neymar could develope more if it goes to europe? his finish in comparacy to the rest of the attributes is low. if some one have him in europe then we can compare is evoluiton.
since this kid is a major gol maker.

Greg Pancoust
December 19, 2011 1:42 pm

+I use the 4-2-3-1/4-5-1 tactics all the big clubs use like spain/barca/madrid and so on. Im Man Utd and he cost me a fortune in my 3rd season but was well worth it. I play him as a deep lying striker behind Rooney and im murdering everyone. Oh and trust me get Gotze if you can. Got him on my Bayern save, He won me he Champions League.

December 21, 2011 3:46 pm

how neymar perform if played as amr(inside forward)?

December 22, 2011 5:32 pm

neymar joined for for free in my barca save(he wouldn’t extend his contract)
I’m paying its the same in my malaga save

Tyrone Reed
December 27, 2011 5:52 am

Hey Darren, absolutely fantastic site but i’m wondering if you could gimme a suggestion or two on a formation and role for my players.. I’ve just won the league with Arsenal, had Neymar as AML IF Attack and was incredible with 28 goals in 50 apps. But I’m not sure where to stick everyone, I have: Neymar, Cavani, Douglas Costa, Jesus Navas, and Mesut Ozil. I just thrashed Chelsea 3-0, with Neymar as a poacher, Ozil and Navas as wingers with 3 midfielders and 4 defenders. Need help on incorporating all my great players in one formation that’s able to… Read more »

February 16, 2012 7:19 pm

best support striker i have bought is saviola. paid 3m. bargain. 1st season scored 25 in 32app with 17 assists playing trq to Suarez.

December 29, 2011 7:11 pm

Hey, I’ve seen all ur comments and i’ve used neymar alot on fm11 and now on fm12, I believe he is got where ever u decide to put him but I always play him as Striker and he always scores ALOT. never tired him on right wing.

January 9, 2012 10:00 pm

Hello Darren.
I am playing with Liverpool and my team lookes like this
Leandro Damiao
And i am wondering on how to get Neymar in there? Does Gøtze work on the right wing?

fm noob
January 14, 2012 3:24 am

i put gotze on the right and he excel, currently using a 4231 deep formation.Finally get neymar and aguero to start banging goals with correct tactic set

January 14, 2012 1:34 pm

Neymar is a striker, there is no question. If you sign him in the English Leagues he needs a year to settle in but after 10 games of his second season he has scored almost 20 goals. I play two strikers, Usually Cavani as a target man, along with Neymar as a Teraquista, Hulk right wing, Gotze left wing, Lucas M. or Hazard for attacking and Nigel De Jong as Anchor Man. Play attacking football and let Neymar do his stuff!

January 14, 2012 5:26 pm

Hello Darren
I am playing with Liverpool and playing 4-2-3-1 and my question is, i have Neymar, L.Damiao, Gøtze, Hazard, Eriksen and Lucas on the 4 offensive places. What shall i do???

This Liverpool side are looking unbeatable at present...
January 22, 2012 2:49 pm

I play neymar in a trequartista role alongside a second striker with poacher role. Pair him up with a clinical finisher and he’ll be producing a disgusting amount of assists (as well as banging in a fair amount of goals too). His direct running cuts through a defence and more often than not opens up a simple pass for his partner to finish. I’ve got him paired up with a regen striker in a similar sort of mould to david villa, and between them they’ve scored 27 goals in 8 games so far this season, with neymar racking up 11… Read more »

Martin K
February 19, 2012 6:35 pm

just a thought, aint aguero better and cheaper? He have a release clause which make him cheaper than neymar?

Martin K
February 20, 2012 2:15 pm

i know i know. Just neymars price tag is too high. I signed Aguero in my first season with Inter instead to wait for Neymar. It was after Man city was kicked out of UCL

March 15, 2012 4:14 am

Just finished 1st season with Liverpool: 2nd in league, lost on pens in FA Cup final. In a 4-2-3-1 I had up front: Suarez/Cavani (Poacher) Neymar(IF) Hazard (AM) Gerrard (IF) Hazard racked up 17 assists, Gerrard 21 goals in 33 games, Suarez 20 goals, but Neymar and Cavani were useless! Cavani more than once in a 3 v 1 situation clear in on goal would run to the corner and dump the ball off, same setting with Suarez or Bellamy and they’d finish. I ended up using Maxi and Bellamy over Neymar/Cavani and got more goals. Any ideas for those… Read more »

April 2, 2012 1:25 pm

With this formation I found that having the wingers on Adv. Playmaker duty brings out more consistency. This way the AM and the ST are bound to shine, the wingers usually only score from crosses from the other side or from long shots. So I personally like when players in those positions have good crossing, dribbling, pace and teamwork. Helps if they also shoot well from long range and their composire is fairly high. With this setup at PSG: Niang/Gameiro (Poacher) Nene(AP) – Pastore(AM) – Willian(AP) I made Niang and Pastore be both at the top of the striker classification,… Read more »

March 31, 2012 3:15 pm

“This Liverpool side are looking unbeatable at present”… thats the way to use neymar in my experience too. In my inter team I wanted to use neymar(trequartista) and pazzini(poacher/AF). pazzini started the season scoring 8 goals in the first 4 matches, but then broke his foot, neymar assisting everyone of them, a real menace with his dribbling. here comes the best part, Neymar scored 29 goals and made 14 assist in 28 app first season, he’s been a bit slow stats wise in the beginning of the second season, but showing even bigger potential. I watch full games now with… Read more »

March 31, 2012 3:26 pm

also to add a comment to what seems to be a regular problem for people using neymar. In my optic/opinion he doesnt seem to like playing with to many players around him, he needs that space to take the opposing team on and then players who comes from deep in the last moments to assist, perfect for inter :) even though he likes attacking football this seems to be vital for his potential. I play 4-1-2-1-2 and I do have plenty of attacking players, but i keep them on leach in terms of position with alot of creative freedom. GLHF

March 31, 2012 4:33 pm

also using neymar as a poacher seems outrageous to me, but inside forward sounds interesting, because one thing i’ve been fearing a bit with him as a trequartista is that he seems to become a little too much of a team player, but maybe thats also because i’ve had him training one-twos. Now even though that doesnt exactly sound like a bad thing he seems to care less and less about scoring, which i dont like. I dont want him to hold back, i also tried getting him to dribble through the middle often, but he didnt adapt. Thats it… Read more »

March 31, 2012 4:45 pm

haha have to say one more thing, i really feel “blessed” to learn and want to stress, because pazzini’s rep in real life has been dropping well because inter sucks these days. Pazzini needs a player like this at his side, like in his days playing with cassano. Then pazzini will show what an awesome and rare player he is and the truth is I think neymar needs it too, he def. seems to thrive under it.

Fajar Syahruramdhan
April 4, 2012 1:03 am

i bought this kid in the second season on my Arsenal save. ‘only’ for £34.5m. i started to make an offer with 20m, they wanted 46m. i raised my bid into 25, they asked 43m, and so on until they agreed 34.5m, and i accepted it. he scored 8 in his first 10 games. i have a huge dillema where to play van persie when neymar is on top. i use 4-2-3-1 (but with 2 wingers). and then i decided to play them both. neymar in left winger as inside forward, rvp as complete forward. and this works so well!… Read more »

Steven Haig
April 10, 2012 2:43 pm

Had Neymar at Arsenal, stuck him upfront on the left as a poacher, 60 goals in return, fantastic !!

Fajar Syahruramdhan
April 12, 2012 4:53 am

In 2013/2014 Neymar couldn’t stop scoring! Score 55 goals in all competition, 35 in the league. and had assist 26 assists. Plus, his wage is only £85k a week. Fairly bargain considering his contribution to Arsenal.

April 11, 2012 8:52 pm

well im going to start a third save im thinking sanogo/feiro on top hazard on the left as IF, kocavic as AM neymar on the right as AP and pogba and vidal/ Lucas mauro as DAP and AP i wonder if that formation will work i use those players right now except neymar and Lucas and i always lead in scoring i wonder if that will be a good formation to try

April 26, 2012 2:00 am

At the start of the game I got him for 52mil and a friendly arrangement

April 27, 2012 3:31 am

Team was Man City

June 6, 2012 1:07 am

My Line Up is this

Ter Stegen-GK
Hummels and Papadapoulos-DC
Gareth Bale-DL
Hamsik and Hazard-CM

Any Suggestions apart from Vrsaljko at RB coz Maicon is getting old

Can you do a profile on Pau Marti-GK
Atletico Madrid U19’s non invented he has 4 star potential

June 6, 2012 1:18 am

My bad usually I use Kurt Zouma but I forgot coz he was out injured and use hummels or papadapoulos and rotate between them

June 9, 2012 2:09 am

Im in my 3rd season with Chelsea an signed him in January on my first season an he’s only scoring 25+ goals a season yet I keep herring that he scores 35+ a season what am I doing wrong with him

June 12, 2012 1:54 am

What about Pau Marti!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 23, 2012 9:55 am

hey darren!how to buy neymar he is so expensive and santos are offering 85 million for him.Shall i buy him on monthly installment.plz tell!

June 23, 2012 3:42 pm

darren i m your biggest fan rather crazy abt u.can u give me uyour fb id plzzzz!i like u very much

June 23, 2012 6:15 pm

hey darren whts your say on ben arfa he realy is one of the best buy.i bought him in chelsea and played him as a left winger and he was awesome .He was my player of the year.another thing barca offered me 37.5M for juan mata who has been simply stunning should i sell him plzzzzzzzzzzzzzz tell quick!!!!!11

July 1, 2012 10:37 pm

It is regrettable that neymar will not go to arsenal, malaga, paris-sg, ….. or other teams want to go.
he just wants to go to top teams like barca or so ….

July 5, 2012 8:00 am

Hi Darren. i need a left wing on arsenal… who is better player? neymar or hazard?

July 13, 2012 9:00 pm

Thanks for this. I bought neymar, but he was struggling to adapt. The comments here really helped to find he perfec position for him. Can anyone recommend any training schedules for him? Thanks!

July 17, 2012 3:51 pm

Would you rate neymar as the best talent/wonderkid in the game? Also, how do you get him to have a lot of dribbles during the game?:)

July 22, 2012 5:05 pm

I’ll try that I think. Do you think he would develop even more by playing regularly in premier league, and a training program based on improving certain skills?
Continue the good work mate!

July 23, 2012 7:01 am

I’m using him as a poacher with Man Utd with Berbatov as a DLF, and he has been just unbelievable.

Only in my second season, I got him for 46 million. He has 37 goals and 22 assists, and it’s only February. One thing though, he does seems to blow hot and cold. At one point he scored hattricks in 3 consecutive matches, but then went on a drought for the next few.

If anyone’s wondering, I play a 3-2-3-2. Anderson and Modric as DLP, Cleverley, Walter Montillo (fantastic player) and Rooney as AMC, all as AP.

July 28, 2012 1:28 am

Reckon i could sign him at spurs? im not sure if he’d find a move to them appropriate?

August 19, 2012 8:55 pm

Darren, I’m looking for a good replacement for Van Persie. I can’t really find one, and I’ve looked for it alot. Maybe you could help me? I’m playing 4-5-1 with Song as defensive midfielder, 2 CM’s, 2 IF’s and the striker as Complete Forward (support)

Any ideas? Thanks

August 21, 2012 10:40 am

how come his finishing has gone down

October 5, 2012 1:24 pm

Hi Darren,
My Current team is:
GK: De Gea
RB: Rafael
LB: Fabio
CB: Ferdinand/Jones
CB: Vidic/ Smalling
CM: Hamsik
CM(AP): Hazard
BWM: Fellaini
AML(IF): Neymar
AMR(IF): Nani
ST: Rooney

Who would you recommend for AMR(IF) role? i was thinking about Hulk, or even re-training Hazard and purchasing Sigurdsson.

November 29, 2012 6:34 pm

i have an error save game failed………plzzzzzzzzzzzzz help

November 29, 2012 6:41 pm

i don’t know but i played it for 5 consecutive seasons and now the error is coming…………..darren plzzz help