David Neres

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David Neres
07 07 2019 Final da Copa América 2019 (48225428057) (cropped).jpg
Neres with Brazil at the 2019 Copa América
Personal information
Full name David Neres Campos
Date of birth (1997-03-03) 3 March 1997 (age 22)
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
AFC Ajax
Number 7
Youth career
2007–2016 São Paulo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016 São Paulo 8 (3)
2017 Jong Ajax 5 (3)
2017– Ajax 69 (25)
National team
2017 Brazil U20 9 (0)
2019– Brazil 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:35, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 June 2019

David Neres Campos (Brazilian Portuguese: [daˈvid ˈnɛris]; born 3 March 1997) is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Dutch club Ajax and the Brazil national team.[2] He often plays as a winger.

Club career[edit]

São Paulo[edit]

Born in São Paulo, Neres joined São Paulo's youth setup in September 2007, aged ten.[3] In February 2016, after being regularly used in that year's U-20 Copa Libertadores, he suffered a shoulder injury which kept him sidelined for months.

Neres was promoted to the main squad by manager Ricardo Gomes in August 2016. He made his first team – and Série A debut – on 17 October, coming on as a second-half substitute for Robson in a 2–1 away win against Fluminense.[4]

On 22 October 2016 Neres scored his first goal, netting the last in a 2–0 home win against Ponte Preta.[5] Fourteen days later he scored his second goal, netting the second in a 4–0 home routing of local rival Corinthians.[6]


On 30 January 2017, Neres moved to the Dutch club Ajax for a reported fee of €12 million.[2]

2016–17 season[edit]

Neres made his debut for Ajax against Heracles Almelo, on 26 February 2017. In that season, he managed to get 3 goals in 8 league matches. He also featured in an Ajax team that went to the UEFA Europa League final that year.

2017–18 season[edit]

Neres managed to get 14 goals and 13 assists in 32 league matches, making him the most valuable player of Ajax that year, having scored the most goals and assists combined. Neres himself sees the game against Feyenoord,[7] on 22 October 2017, as his breakthrough, where he racked up three assists in a 4–1 away win.

2018–19 season[edit]

In his third season, Neres scored his first official European goal against Standard Liège in the second leg of the third qualifying round of the Champions League. In that year, Neres wasn't guaranteed a starting spot up until February. Because of this, there were rumours that Neres wanted to leave. In January, Guangzhou Evergrande made a £36.9 million bid on Neres,[8] but Ajax ultimately refused, because they wanted to keep the team together to win prizes that year and make it far in the UEFA Champions League. In the second leg in the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League, in a memorable game against Real Madrid, Neres scored the second goal to give Ajax the lead on aggregate, and the Dutch side eventually won a by a margin of 5–3, thus knocking the three-time defending European champions out of the competition.[9]

On 31 March 2019, Neres scored the winning goal and picked up a penalty in the championship clash against PSV, to win 3–1.[10] He also scored an important equaliser against Juventus at home to secure hopes for Ajax's semi-final qualification in the first leg at home.

Neres won his first Eredivisie title as Ajax finished three points ahead of rivals PSV. Neres also won his first KNVB Cup when Ajax won 4–0 against Willem II in the final.[11]

2019–20 season[edit]

Despite reported interest from the likes of Manchester United and Atlético Madrid, Neres signed a new contract with Ajax on 7 August 2019 that runs through 2023. The deal added a further year to his prior deal that was set to expire in 2022.[12]

International career[edit]

On 8 March 2019, he received his first senior team call-up by coach Tite for the Brazil national football team, replacing an injured Vinícius Júnior, for the friendlies against Panama and the Czech Republic to be held later that month. Neres made his senior team debut against Czech Republic on 26 March 2019, in the 63rd minute as a replacement for Richarlison. In that game, he made an assist and produced a backheel which led to a goal, contributing to two goals in the 3–1 win against Czech Republic.[13]

Career statistics[edit]


As of match played 18 June 2019[14]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental1 Other2 Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
São Paulo 2016 Série A 8 3 0 0 0 0 3[a] 0 11 3
Jong Ajax 2016–17 Eerste Divisie 4 2 4 2
2017–18 1 1 1 1
Total 5 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 5 3
Ajax 2016–17 Eredivisie 8 3 0 0 4[b] 0 0 0 12 3
2017–18 32 14 2 0 3[c] 0 0 0 37 14
2018–19 29 8 6 1 15[15] 3 0 0 50 12
Total 69 25 8 1 22 3 0 0 99 29
Career total 82 31 8 1 22 3 3 0 115 35


As of 18 June 2019.[16]
Year Apps Goals
2019 5 1
Total 5 1

International goals[edit]

No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 9 June 2019 Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre, Brazil  Honduras 5–0 7–0 Friendly
  1. ^ Appearances in the Copa Paulista
  2. ^ Appearances in the Europa League
  3. ^ Two appearances in the Champions League and one in the Europa League


São Paulo[17]





  1. ^ "David Neres". Ajax.
  2. ^ a b "São Paulo aceita oferta do Ajax, e David Neres vira a 3ª maior venda do clube" [São Paulo accepts Ajax offer, and David Neres becomes the club's 3rd biggest sale] (in Portuguese). ESPN.com.br. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  3. ^ "David Neres: nove dos 19 anos de idade dedicados ao Tricolor" [David Neres: nine of the 19 years of age dedicated to Tricolor] (in Portuguese). São Paulo FC. 19 October 2016. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  4. ^ "De virada, São Paulo bate Fluminense, se afasta do Z-4 e tira o rival do G-6" [In a comeback, São Paulo defeat Fluminense, get away from Z-4 and take the rival out of G-6] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 17 October 2016. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Promessa faz primeiro gol, São Paulo bate a Ponte Preta e mantém embalo" [Prospect scores first goal, São Paulo defeat Ponte Preta and keep form going] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 22 October 2016. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  6. ^ "São Paulo atropela, espanta fantasma de vez e deixa o Corinthians fora do G-6" [São Paulo thrash, scare away relegation ghost and leave Corinthians out of G-6] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 5 November 2016. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Neres beschouwt trio assists in klassieker als doorbraak". Ajax Life (in Dutch). 19 January 2018.
  8. ^ "'Chinezen willen 43 miljoen betalen voor Neres, Ajax heeft één voorwaarde'". Voetbalprimeur (in Dutch). 10 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Dusan Tadic inspires Ajax to stunning defeat of champions Real Madrid". The Guardian. 5 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Titelrace helemaal open: Ajax is PSV de baas in incidentrijke topper". Voetbal International (in Dutch). 31 March 2019.
  11. ^ "AJAX SEAL EREDIVISIE TITLE TO COMPLETE DOUBLE". knvb.com. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  12. ^ "Neres signs new Ajax deal amid links to Man Utd and Atletico Madrid". Goal. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Czech Republic 1 Brazil 3". BBC Sport. 26 March 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  14. ^ "David Neres". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  15. ^ Including Champions league qualifying matches.
  16. ^ "Neres, David". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  17. ^ a b "David Neres - Career Honours". Soccerway.
  18. ^ "2016/17: United win it for Manchester". UEFA. 30 May 2017.
  19. ^ "Brazil 3–1 Peru". BBC Sport. 7 July 2019. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  20. ^ "Talent van de maand: David Neres" (in Dutch). FOX Sports NL.
  21. ^ "Speler van de Maand: David Neres" (in Dutch). eredivisie.nl. 1 May 2018. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  22. ^ "UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season". UEFA.com. 2 June 2019.

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