Neymar in Barcelona!
The Brazilian international finally made his choice and will start new season at the Catalan club. So the long saga of Santos and Barcelona has come to an end! Santos star-forward Neymar informed his fans via social networks, that he has signed the contract for five years. The Spanish grandee Barcelona paid €57 million (£48.6m) for Neymar, who will earn 7 million euro per year. Barca vice-president Josep Bartomeu, also confirmed that Catalan club will play 2 friendly games against Santos – one at home and another away – as a part of the deal.
As was rumoured other contender for Neimar was Real Madrid, who offered better financial terms, but the player himself has informed his club that he wants to play for Barcelona.
The signing of Neymar could be named as the biggest transfer of the season, as Brazilian starlet has signed a five-year contract with buy-out clause at €190m (£162m). His appearance against Flamengo was the last one which he made for his native club.
Neymar da Silva Santos Junior made 177 appearances (158 in starting line-up) and scored 107 goals for Santos and played 54 games for his national team with 36 goals.
Neymar said: “I want to thank the fans of Santos for these incredible nine years. My feeling for the club and the fans will never change. It is eternal! Only a club like Santos could give me everything I experienced on and off the field. I thank the wonderful Peixe fans who supported me even in the most difficult moments. Titles, goals, dribbling, celebrations and songs that fans created for me will be forever in my heart. ”
The 21-year-old ‘s star player contract with Santos had been due to run next summer. So Santos club wanted to secure a transfer fee for his services. Now Neymar successively plays in the Confederations Cup tournament alongside with his new Barca team-mates. Also, he will play in the final against Spain and his other new club members.
I can’t talk about all the speculations regarding the future relationships between the owner of 4 Golden Balls and the current idol and leader of Barcelona Lionel Messi and the star newcomer Neymar, but it is only just someone’s opinion. Andoni Zubizarreta also said that he is confident there would be no problem with Neymar playing alongside Messi at the Camp Nou: “Great players can always play together. You can never have too much talent.”
Barcelona had been hunting Neymar for a long time. After under-20 South American championship 2011 they have decided to sign him. Neymar is one of the greatest talents in the world football and if he will continue like this, he will be one of the greatest players in the world.