Son of the mechanic Neymar da Silva Santos (from whom he inherited the name) and Nadine Santos, Neymar was born in the city of Mogi das Cruzes, in the São Paulo Metropolitan Region, on February 5, 1992, but still very young moved to São Vicente and then to Santos. In 2003, at the age of 11, he reached Santos's base categories, from where he did not leave until becoming a professional. When Neymar still did not earn enough to support his family, he, his father, his mother and his sister lived in a room in their grandmother's house, on the outskirts of São Vicente. With the money and already predicting the son's success, the family bought their first property, an apartment next to Vila Belmiro. As the adolescent grew, the standard of living in the family improved. At age 15, Neymar earned 10,000 reais per month. At 16, 25 thousand. At 17, when he became a starter in Santos' main team, the first sponsors came. Neymar is evangelical, and goes with his family to the Baptist Church.