The Barcelona Football Club has just signed Brazilian wonder boy, Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior (“Neymar”) to a five-season contract for a reported 57 million euros. This sum does not include the cost of bi-monthly flights from Brazil to Barcelona for a group of Neymar’s friends, so he doesn’t get lonesome so far from home. The new forward’s objetive in Barcelona is to repeat the success of his compatriots who have played previously: Romário, Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho.
At the age of 19, Neymar won the 2011 South American Footballer of the Year award after coming third in 2010. He won it again in 2012. In 2011 Neymar received nominations for the FIFA Ballon d’Or, where he came 10th, and the FIFA Puskás Award, which he won. He is known for his acceleration, speed, dribbling and finishing. His playing style has earned him critical acclaim, with fans, media and former players drawing comparisons to Argentine forward Lionel Messi and former Brazil player Pelé, who has called Neymar “an excellent player.”
If you would like to see just how excellent, just follow this link to see a five-minute video of Neymar’s prodigious antics on the playing field.
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