Neto (footballer, born 1989)

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Neto
Norberto Murara Neto 2019.jpg
Neto with Valencia in 2019
Personal information
Full name Norberto Murara Neto[1]
Date of birth (1989-07-19) 19 July 1989 (age 32)
Place of birth Araxá, Brazil
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Barcelona
Number 13
Youth career
Cruzeiro
2003–2009 Athletico Paranaense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Athletico Paranaense 36 (0)
2011–2015 Fiorentina 72 (0)
2015–2017 Juventus 11 (0)
2017–2019 Valencia 67 (0)
2019– Barcelona 11 (0)
National team
2012 Brazil U23 6 (0)
2018– Brazil 1 (0)
Honours
Representing  Brazil
Men's Football
Silver medal – second place 2012 London Team Competition
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 03:54, 22 August 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 September 2018

Norberto Murara Neto (born 19 July 1989), commonly known as Neto (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈnɛtu]), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for La Liga club Barcelona.

Neto began his career with Brazilian side Athletico Paranaense and later played for Italian side Fiorentina. He joined Juventus in 2015, where he won the domestic double in each of his two seasons with the club, serving as a back-up to starter Gianluigi Buffon in the league, but appearing in all of the club's games in both of their victorious Coppa Italia campaigns. In 2017, he joined Spanish side Valencia. On 27 June 2019 Barcelona announced Neto's signing.

He was first called up for Brazil in 2010, but did not make his debut until 2018. He won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics and was part of Brazil's squad at the 2015 Copa América.

Club career[edit]

Athlético Paranaense[edit]

Born in Araxá, Minas Gerais, Neto was installed as Athletico Paranaense's first-choice goalkeeper for the 2010 Brazilian Série A season. After being sent off in the first match of the campaign and serving a two-match suspension, he returned and started every game for the club until October, when he was forced to miss several games after being called up for the Brazil national team.

Fiorentina[edit]

Neto agreed a deal to play for Italian club Fiorentina on 5 January 2011,[3] signing the contract three days later.[3][4] He made his competitive debut for Fiorentina in the 4th round of the 2011–12 Coppa Italia on 24 November 2011 against fellow Tuscans Empoli, winning 2–1.

On 3 May 2014, he played in the Coppa Italia Final, which Fiorentina lost 3–1 to Napoli.[5]

Juventus[edit]

Neto joined Juventus on a four-year contract on 3 July 2015.[6] On 23 September 2015, Neto made his Juventus debut, starting in a 1–1 home draw against Frosinone in Serie A.[7] On 16 December 2015, Neto achieved his first clean sheet with the club in a 4–0 win over cross-city rivals Torino during a Coppa Italia match.[8] He kept his first clean sheet in the league in the club's final match of the season, on 14 May 2016, which ended in a 5–0 home win over Sampdoria, as Juventus celebrated their Serie A title victory.[9][10] On 21 May, he kept another clean sheet to win the Coppa Italia 1–0 against A.C. Milan in Rome's Stadio Olimpico.[11]

In his second season with the club, Neto made his UEFA Champions League debut on 7 December 2016, in Juventus's final group match, keeping a clean sheet in a 2–0 home win over Dinamo Zagreb.[12] Although he served as a back-up to Buffon in the league, he was Juventus's starting goalkeeper in the Coppa Italia, featuring in all of the club's matches in the competition, including the 2–0 victory over Lazio in the final on 17 May 2017, as Juventus won their 12th Coppa Italia title, becoming the first team to win three consecutive championships and league-cup doubles.[13]

Valencia[edit]

On 7 July 2017, Neto joined Valencia on a four-year contract[14] in a €7 million deal, plus an additional €2 million in conditional bonuses.[15] He made his debut for the club on 18 August, starting in a 1–0 La Liga home win against Las Palmas.[16]

Barcelona[edit]

Neto playing against Red Bull Salzburg in August 2021

On 27 June 2019, it was announced that Neto would move to Barcelona for €26m plus €9m in add-ons.[17] One day earlier, Barcelona backup goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen left Barcelona for €35m to take Neto's spot as the starting goalkeeper for Valencia.[18]

On 10 December 2019 Neto played the full 90 minutes as Barca knocked out Inter Milan out of the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League.

Neto played in Barcelona's first six league games and three of the six UEFA Champions League group stage matches in the absence of first-choice keeper Marc-André ter Stegen, who was out with a knee injury until the end of October.

International career[edit]

Neto was in the Brazil squad for the 2012 Olympic tournament, playing in their two opening group stage wins over Egypt and Belarus before being replaced by Gabriel as the nation went on to win the silver medal.[19]

He was one of seven stand-by players named by Dunga for the senior team at the 2015 Copa América,[20] but was eventually called into the main squad after a knee injury to Diego Alves.[21] Neto remained on the bench as Jefferson played as first-choice goalkeeper, and Brazil reached the quarter-finals.

On 12 September 2018, eight years after his first senior call-up, Neto finally made his debut for Brazil when he started in a 5–0 friendly win over El Salvador in the United States.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 22 August 2021[23]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Athlético Paranaense 2009 Série A 2 0 0 0 2 0
2010 34 0 6 0 40 0
Total 36 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 42 0
Fiorentina 2010–11 Serie A 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12 2 0 2 0 4 0
2012–13 6 0 4 0 10 0
2013–14 35 0 5 0 9[a] 0 49 0
2014–15 29 0 2 0 7[a] 0 38 0
Total 72 0 13 0 16 0 0 0 101 0
Juventus 2015–16 Serie A 3 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2016–17 8 0 5 0 1[b] 0 0 0 14 0
Total 11 0 10 0 1 0 0 0 22 0
Valencia 2017–18 La Liga 33 0 0 0 33 0
2018–19 34 0 0 0 13[c] 0 47 0
Total 67 0 0 0 13 0 0 0 80 0
Barcelona 2019–20 La Liga 2 0 1 0 1[b] 0 1[d] 0 5 0
2020–21 7 0 2 0 3[b] 0 0 0 12 0
2021–22 2 0 0 0 0[b] 0 0 0 2 0
Total 11 0 3 0 4 0 1 0 19 0
Career total 197 0 32 0 34 0 1 0 264 0
  1. ^ a b Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ Eight appearances in UEFA Champions League, five appearances in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ Appearance(s) in Supercopa de España

International[edit]

As of 12 September 2018[23]
Brazil
Year Apps Goals
2018 1 0
Total 1 0

Honours[edit]

Neto (in green shorts and socks) lining up for Juventus in April 2017, during a double-winning season

Juventus[23]

Valencia

Barcelona

Brazil U23

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Acta del Partido celebrado el 24 de septiembre de 2019, en Barcelona" [Minutes of the Match held on 24 September 2019, in Barcelona] (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Football Federation. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Neto FC BARCELONA OFFICIAL". 29 July 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Neto deixa o Atlético-PR e acerta com a Fiorentina" [Neto leaves Atlético-PR and joins Fiorentina]. Lance! (in Portuguese). 5 January 2011. Archived from the original on 1 April 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Neto passa nos exames e é confirmado na Fiorentina" [Neto passes tests and is confirmed as a Fiorentina player]. Globo Esporte (in Portuguese). 8 January 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Coppa Italia final: Rafael Benitez's Napoli beat Fiorentina 3–1". BBC Sport. 3 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Official: Neto joins Juventus". Football Italia. 3 July 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Juventus held to draw at home by minnows Frosinone". ESPN FC. 23 September 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Coppa: Four-star Juve crush Toro". Football Italia. 16 December 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Juve celebrate in the sign of Five". Football Italia. 14 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Juventus 5 Sampdoria 0: Dybala double wraps up season in style". FourFourTwo. 14 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  11. ^ "AC Milan 0-1 Juventus (aet)". BBC. 21 May 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  12. ^ "CL: Higuain breaks Juve drought". Football Italia. 7 December 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  13. ^ "JUVENTUS WINS HISTORIC THIRD STRAIGHT COPPA ITALIA". beinsports.com. 17 May 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  14. ^ "Neto, new Valencia CF player until 2021". 7 July 2017.
  15. ^ "Official: Valencia sign Neto". Football Italia. 7 July 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  16. ^ "Este Valencia pinta bien" [This Valencia look good]. Marca (in Spanish). 18 August 2017. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  17. ^ "Agreement with Valencia for transfer of Norberto Murara 'Neto'". www.fcbarcelona.com. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  18. ^ "Agreement with Valencia for transfer of Jasper Cillessen". www.fcbarcelona.com. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  19. ^ Mark Meadows (3 January 2015). "Fiorentina keeper Neto rejects new contract". Reuters. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  20. ^ "Kaka among 7 alternates in Brazil's Copa America squad". ESPN. Associated Press. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  21. ^ "Diego Alves Ruled Out of Copa America With Serious Knee Injury". beIN Sports. 24 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  22. ^ Simplicio, Raisa (12 September 2018). "Eight years and 25 matches – Neto's long wait for Brazil debut". Goal. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  23. ^ a b c "Neto". Soccerway. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  24. ^ "Neto: Medals in Men's Football". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 February 2017.

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