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Top facts about Neto, Barcelona goalkeeper

The Brazilian Neto previously played as a first-choice goalkeeper in La Liga for Valencia. He won the Estrella trophy, the reward for the man of the match of the Joan Gamper game against Juventus. Read on to find out more facts about Neto.

Norberto Murara Neto (born July 19, 1989), better known by his nickname Neto, is a Brazilian goalkeeper who now plays for La Liga team



Neto’s age

is 32. Here you can find out the most important facts about Neto, the goalkeeper.

Neto has speed and movement that has allowed him to defend his goal with security and deliver outstanding performances for Valencia (2017-2019), Juventus (2015-2017), Fiorentina (2011 -2015) and Paranaense (2002-2011).

The first fact about Neto is that he began his professional career with the Brazilian club Athletico Paranaense before moving on to play for the Italian club Fiorentina. When he signed for Juventus in 2015, he went on to win the domestic double in each of his two seasons with the club.

In the league, he was a back-up to starter

Gianluigi Buffon

, but he played in every game for the club during both of their successful Coppa Italia campaigns. In 2017, he signed a contract with Spanish club Valencia. Barcelona officially confirmed Neto's signing on June 27th, 2019.

An important fact about Neto is that he was first called up to the Brazilian national team in 2010, but did not make his international debut until 2018. He won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics and was a member of the Brazilian team that competed in the 2015 Copa América tournament.

Top facts about Neto:

A notable

fact about Neto

is that he began his professional career in 2009 at Athletico Paranaense, where he made his first appearances. In the 2010 season he rose to become a regular goalkeeper in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A.

After he was sent off in the first game and then suspended for two games, he played almost every other game of the year and was fifth with Paranaense at the end of the season.

Neto early life

He had been a goalie in his birthplace since he was a child, and he had played the same position as his father. Speaking about

Neto’s childhood

, it should be mentioned that he began his junior career with Atletico Paranaense and stayed with them throughout his senior career, from 2009 to 2011. There is no information regarding

Neto’s parents


Neto personal life

According to our information, Norberto Neto is presently single. Unfortunately, there is no information available about

Neto’s personal life

, since the player does not like to share different aspects of his life with the people and fans.

Neto professional career

Neto began his career with Brazilian side Athletico Paranaense and later played for Italian side Fiorentina. He joined


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 FC 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.

Despite a solid career in professional football, Neto’s international career never really kicked off. While he did make a pair of appearances for Brazil’s U23 team in the 2012 Olympic Games in which


finished in second place, years went by and call-ups came and went, but Neto went uncapped for the senior side.

He finally made his debut on 12 September 2018, beating El Salvador in a friendly – eight years after his first call up and after watching Brazil play 24 times from the bench, and that is still his only appearance for the Seleção.

Neto club career

Neto, who was born in the city of Araxá in the state of Minas Gerais, was named Athletico Paranaense's first-choice goalkeeper for the 2010 Brazilian Série A season. The Brazilian international was suspended for two matches after being sent off in the first match of the season.

A notable

fact about Neto

is that he returned and started every game for the club until October, when he was forced to miss several matches after being called up to represent his country at the World Cup in Russia.


On 5 January 2011, Neto agreed to terms with Italian club Fiorentina and signed the contract three days later.

Three years later, on November 24, 2011, he made his competitive debut for Fiorentina in the fourth round of the 2011–12 Coppa Italia against fellow Tuscans Empoli, a victory that resulted in a 2–1 victory.

Earlier in the season, he appeared in the Coppa Italia Final, in which Fiorentina lost 3–1 to Napoli on May 3, 2014.

On 5 January 2011 he moved to Fiorentina; the outlay made by the lily company was three million euros. He made his debut with the Viola on November 24, 2011 against Empoli, in the Italian Cup. On 29 April 2012 he made his Serie A debut in Atalanta- Fiorentina (2-0).


An important fact about Neto is that he signed a four-year contract with Juventus on the 3rd of July, 2015. Neto made his Juventus debut on September 23, 2015, when he came off the bench to help his team to a 1–1 home draw against Frosinone in Serie A.

When Juventus defeated cross-city rivals Torino 4–0 in a Coppa Italia match on December 16, 2015, Neto recorded a clean sheet for the first time in his career.

Juventus' final match of the season, on 14 May 2016, ended in a 5–0 home victory over Sampdoria, as the club celebrated their Serie A title victory. It was his first clean sheet in the league since joining the club in 2012. On May 21, he kept another clean sheet to help Juventus win the Coppa Italia against

A.C. Milan

at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, 1-0.

A notable fact about Neto is that he made his UEFA Champions League debut on 7 December 2016, in Juventus' final group match against Dinamo Zagreb, while in his second season with the club. He kept a clean sheet in the 2–0 victory at the Juventus Stadium.

Even though he was Buffon's backup in the league, he was the starting goalkeeper for Juventus in the Coppa Italia, appearing in all of the club's matches in the competition, including the 2–0 victory over Lazio in the final on May 17, 2017, as Juventus won their 12th Coppa Italia title, becoming the first team in history to win three consecutive championships and league-cup doubles in the same season.


A four-year contract worth €7 million, plus an additional €2 million in conditional bonuses, was signed by Neto on July 7, 2017, and he joined Valencia the following day.

On August 18, he made his first appearance for the club, starting in a 1–0 La Liga victory at home against Las Palmas.


An important fact about Neto is that he would transfer to Barcelona for €26 million plus €9 million in add-ons, it was revealed on June 27th, 2019.

Valencia had signed Jasper Cillessen, a former Barcelona backup goalkeeper, for €35 million a day earlier in order to take over Neto's starting position.

As Barcelona eliminated Inter Milan from the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League on December 10th, Neto played the whole 90 minutes.

When first-choice goalkeeper

Marc-André ter Stegen

was sidelined with a knee injury until the end of October, Neto filled in for him. Neto played in three of Barcelona's six league games and three of their six UEFA Champions League group stage games.

Neto international career

During the 2012 Olympic tournament, Neto was a member of the Brazil team, appearing in both of their opening group stage victories against Egypt and Belarus before being replaced by Gabriel as the country went on to earn the silver medal.

He was one of seven stand-by players designated by Dunga for the senior team's participation in the 2015 Copa América, although he was finally brought into the main squad when Diego Alves suffered a knee injury while on international duty.

Despite sitting on the sidelines, Brazil advanced to the quarterfinals as Jefferson took over as first-choice goalkeeper.

After eight years of waiting, Neto finally made his senior international debut for Brazil on September 12, 2018, when he began in a friendly against El Salvador in Washington, D.C.

Neto style of play

The Brazilian goalie instills a sense of authority between the posts. Neto's height, which is about two meters, mixed with his quickness, makes him a goalie who narrows the width of the goal allowing a striker to shoot at it with ease.

While the former Valencia star is confident in aerial moves, it is tough to beat him on the goal line or in one-on-one situations in this manner. Furthermore, despite his large frame, Neto has shown agility and quick reactions when serving as a goalkeeper in high-pressure situations.

When combined with his outstanding reflexes and speed off the line, Neto has a classic goalkeeper's frame that makes him very difficult to beat.

Despite being a very successful shot-stopper by statistical criteria, he is unable to stop penalties, saving just four out of 36 tries despite his exceptional ability. Even while his height offers him a distinct advantage in the air, where he has excellent hands, he is nothing near the level of players such as Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Victor Valdes when the ball is at his feet.

Neto road to glory

Originally from Trentino, he grew up in the youth sector of the Atlético Paranaense, which had taken him from the Cruzeiro. He made his debut in the first team in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 2009, playing as a starter against Grêmio Barueri on August 16 at the Arena da Baixada.

Initially closed by the owner Galatto, chosen by the coach Antônio Lopes, he played the second game three months later, playing Atlético- Botafogo on 29 November.

Following the transfer of Galatto to the Spanish team of Málaga, which took place in July 2010, Neto became the holder between the goalposts of Atlético Paranaense, even if since May of the same year he had been regularly on the pitch from the beginning. During the Série A 2010 he continuously plays the role of first choice, playing the entire tournament.

On 5 January 2011 he moved to Fiorentina; the outlay made by the lily company was three million euros. He made his debut with the Viola on November 24, 2011 against Empoli, in the Italian Cup. On 29 April 2012 he made his Serie A debut in Atalanta- Fiorentina (2-0).

Thanks to Viviano's departure, in 2013 he became the goalkeeper of the squad. On 22 August 2013 he made his Europa League debut against Grasshoppers. After a difficult first start to the season - characterized by various uncertainties - he becomes one of the cornerstones of the team.

On 23 January 2014 a goal conceded by Giacomazzi interrupted his unbeaten record in official matches with the purple shirt, which lasted from 12 December 2013. Overall - also considering the injury time - his goal remained unclimbed for 702 '.

On January 3, 2015 he refused the contract extension, initially being put out of the squad. On 24 February following, however, due to the injury of the owner Tătărușanu and the unavailability of Rosati, not included in the UEFA list, he was reinstated in the squad for the match of the round of 32 of the Europa League against the


, also disputing the rest of the season finale.

On 3 July 2015, as a free agent, he made an agreement with Juventus. On 8 August he won his first Italian Super Cup in Shanghai against


(2-0), even if he did not play the game as a starter.

He made his debut with the Bianconeri on 23 September 2015 against Frosinone (1-1 the final). He was again called on 16 December 2015 in the first knockout round of the Italian Cup against Turin, a match that ended 4-0 for Juventus.

During the season he played the role of "cup" goalkeeper, playing all 5 matches of the competition, then won by Juventus on 21 May 2016 against Milan in extra time (1-0).

This was the Brazilian's first success in this competition. He also returned to the league title in the last two games, against Hellas Verona (2-1 defeat) and Sampdoria (5-0 victory). At the end of the season he also won his first Scudetto, the fifth in a row for the Juventus team.

In the following season he was confirmed in the role of vice-Buffon, making his seasonal debut on 21 September in the match won 4-0 at home against Cagliari.

On 7 December he made his absolute debut in the Champions League, playing as a starter the home match against Dinamo Zagreb (2-0 for the Bianconeri). On 17 May 2017 he won his second consecutive Italian Cup (the fifth for the Juventus club) in the final against Lazio (2-0); also, this season the Brazilian plays all the matches of the competition as a starter.

Four days later he also won his second consecutive Scudetto (the sixth for the Turin team, a record for Italian football) with a day to spare, thanks to the home victory against Crotone. On 3 June he participated in his first Champions League final (without however taking the field), lost by Juventus against

Real Madrid


On 7 July 2017 he moved to Valencia on a permanent basis; a termination clause of 80 million euros was set on the contract. He made his debut with the Iberian club on the following 18 August, playing the first league game against Las Palmas. On 19 September 2018 he marked his first appearance in the Champions League with Valencia, in the match against the former Turin team.

On 27 June 2019 he went to Barcelona for 26 million euros plus 9 bonuses, as part of an exchange that brings Dutch colleague Jasper Cillessen to



Neto was first called up by the Brazilian national team coach Mano Menezes in September 2010. With the Brazilian Olympic team in 2012, he played the Olympic tournament winning the silver medal, behind Mexico, losing 2-1 in the Wembley final.

After being called up as second goalkeeper by coach Carlos Dunga for the 2015 Copa América, he returned to the national team in 2018, being called up for friendlies against Russia and Germany . He finally made his debut on 12 September of the same year, playing as a starter in the 5-0 win against El Salvador.

Some quick facts about Neto:

In January 2011 Neto moved to


for around 3.5 million euros and received a contract until June 2015. In the second half of the 2010/11 season he was not used because the experienced Artur Boruc asserted himself as a regular goalkeeper.

In the following season, Boruc remained the number 1 of the Fiorentina, Neto only came to four competitive appearances. He made his debut in the Coppa Italia on November 24, 2011 in the fourth round of the 2011/12 season in a 2-1 win over FC Empoli, in Serie A on April 29, 2012 in a 2-0 defeat against Atalanta Bergamo.

After Boruc left the club for the 2012/13 season, Emiliano Viviano was loaned from US Palermo as a replacement, who also prevailed against Neto. So, he only made six league and four cup appearances. At the beginning of the 2013/14 season, the club then relied on Neto, as they did not sign any potential competitor.

An important

fact about Neto

is that he was between the viola posts in almost all competitive games of the season and was able to draw attention to himself with consistently good performances.

For the 2014/15 season was with the Romanian national goalkeeper Ciprian TătărușanuAgain a serious competitor committed to Neto, but against whom he was able to prevail.

After Neto was a regular for the entire first half of the season, however, he announced in winter that he would leave the club after his contract ended. This prompted Coach Vincenzo Montella to appoint Tătăruşanu as the new goalkeeper and relegate Neto to the bench. It wasn't until the end of February, when Tătărușanu was injured, that Neto was reinstated.

He stayed in goal until the end of the season and reached the semi-finals of the 2014/15 Europa League with Florence. He left the club on June 30, 2015.

On July 3, 2015, the Italian record champions Juventus announced the commitment of the free transfer goalkeeper, who received a contract until 2019 and should earn around 2 million euros per year. Neto is to replace Marco Storari as representative of Gianluigi Buffon.

2017 he moved to Spain with Valencia. In two seasons Neto completed 67 games in the Primera División.

For the 2019/20 season, Neto moved to league rivals FC Barcelona for 26 million euros plus possible bonus payments of 9 million euros.

He signed a contract with a term until June 30, 2023, which contains a release clause of 200 million euros, and is planned as a substitute behind Marc-André ter Stegen. During the summer preparing Neto suffered a scaphoid fracture in his left hand and had to undergo surgery.

A notable fact about Neto is that he was nominated for the Brazilian national football team for the first time by Mano Menezes in 2010, but was not used.

Two years later he played two games for Brazil's Olympic team at the Olympic football tournament in London. In the final they lost to the Mexicans and thus won the silver medal.

In 2015 Neto was nominated again for the Brazilian national team by Carlos Dunga and was allowed to participate in the Copa America 2015 as a substitute goalkeeper. With her, however, Neto was eliminated in the quarterfinals against Paraguay.

An important fact about Neto is that he was called up by national coach Tite for the friendlies in September 2018 against the USA and El Salvador.  In the match against El Salvador Neto made his first race for the A-selection.

In 2020, Neto told in a TV program, "I feel good and am keen to work hard and improve, as I did last season. You can prove yourself more when you get regular games, but nothing has changed. You just want to make sure that every day you do something to improve.

"It was a strange pre-season, but it was nice we were all able to stay here and work together every day. We got to spend some time with the new coach. It wasn’t much but we had time to train and understand what he wants."

Neto was Barcelona's first-choice goalkeeper that season as Marc-Andre ter Stegen was still recovering from his knee surgery. The Brazilian kept two clean sheets and conceded only one goal in three matches.

"Keeping a clean sheet fills you with confidence going forward, anyone that knows anything about football knows that. I'm happy for the result and for my teammates."

He commented on Ter Stegen, "On a personal level, he's a professional of the highest level. He's a great goalkeeper and like every spot in the Barça team, it's well covered. Having teammates of the highest level automatically makes you improve, grow and learn. This first month has been fantastic."

Neto transfer rumor

Arsenal was strongly linked to the Brazilian goalkeeper, Neto. Based on the reports tied to Neto, it appeared that Barcelona revealed the figures if the Gunner would like to take him in.

It would take £12.7 million ($17.7 million) for them to part ways with the Brazilian. Hence, the ball was on


’s court.

Barcelona seemed open to the idea of selling Neto in the summer transfers, a move that could give Iñaki Peña a chance to be Blaugrana’s main shot-stopper.

The asking price of Barca was seen as too much with Arsenal likely to try and negotiate for a lower fee.

Head coach Mikel Arteta was fascinated by Neto and would love to have him at the Emirates Stadium. Other clubs that have been linked to Neto include Villareal and Everton.

Neto social media


Neto social media

, it should be mentioned that he has an Instagram page (


) with 1.1 million followers. In the page we can see various pictures of him with the fans and his family.

He also has a Twitter account (


) with more than 163k followers. He rarely posts new stuff on his Twitter page.

Neto body measurements

Speaking about

Neto body measurements

, it should be mentioned that the player is 190 cm and 83 kg.

Neto net worth and salary

Despite the fact that Neto spent the most of his time as a backup goalkeeper, he has amassed a sizable income over the years.

Neto's net worth

is USD 19 million in the year 2021.

Neto began his senior professional football career with the Athletico Paranaense squad in 2009. He spent two seasons with the club. Each season, the club paid him $100,000.

Neto joined


, an Italian club, in 2011. He was a member of the team for four seasons in a row. He was given USD 850K each season as a wage by the club at the time.

Neto joined Juventus, another Italian team, after leaving Fiorentina. He lasted with Juventus for two seasons and was paid USD 4.5 million each season.

Neto changed clubs in 2018 and joined Valencia, a Spanish team. Valencia provided him with a yearly salary of USD 4 million. Neto continued his career at Valencia for another two years before leaving to join Barcelona.

Neto joined Barcelona in 2019 and is presently a member of the team. Barcelona gives him a yearly salary of USD 3.3 million. Barcelona sometimes gives him a bonus.


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