Neymar Signs Eighth Most Expensive Deal Ever
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Neymar Signs Eighth Most Expensive Deal Ever

Neymar Signs Eighth Most Expensive Deal Ever
21 year old Brazilian striker Neymar became the eighth most expensive signing in football history by transferring to Barcelona for a record €57 million Euros, forming with Lionel Messi a fearsome striking partnership. Neymar inked a five-year contract with Barcelona club president Sandro Rosell after choosing the former over Real Madrid in a passionate two-year bidding war between the arch Spanish rivals. Josep Bartomeu, Barcelona Vice-president stated that in the initial stages of the negotiation, the club expected to pay about €40 million Euros, but due to "the nosiness of other clubs" (referring here indirectly to Madrid), the price was inflated to the current figure. Buying statistics across clubs in Europe & Latin America revealed that only 7 other players including Cristiano Ronaldo, Fernando Torres, Hulk, Kaka, Luis Figo, Zlatan Ibrahamovic and Zinedine Zidane, have than Neymar to their respective clubs. Previous expensive player-transfers for Barcelona include the €45 million Euros that it paid for hiring the services of Zlatan Ibrahmovic from Inter Milan and exchanging Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto for Ibrahimovic. On being asked whether he thinks himself to be worthy of the price-tag he has been bought for, he answered with a curt ‘No’, but also didn’t waste time in thanking his new club for allowing him to play the game with his ‘childhood idols’. After completing the necessary formalities pertaining to his contract, the young Brazilian striker nudged onto the Camp Nou pitch for the very first time wearing his new Barcelona kit having the name ‘Neymar Jr’ inscribed on its back. "In an emotionally charged statement, the player expressed his joy at moving to one of the ‘world’s best clubs’ in front of a eager and expecting crowd numbering that had turned out at Camp-Nou to welcome the new star. Neymar also made it amply clear that he is well aware of his role in the club and that is to play a supporting role for premier striker Lionel Messi. In a recorded statement, Neymar said that he intends to help the team and add his part to Lionel Messi’s domination over the scoring sheets every time Barcelona plays. The flight from Brazil that ferried Neymar to Barcelona arrived an hour behind schedule at around 1 p.m. Spanish local time. Wearing a black outfit and dark with sunglasses and a baseball cap, Neymar took a team bus immediately to Camp Nou and had his team photograph taken in front of a blue-and-maroon club emblem. During the customary thumbs-up welcome shoot, Neymar took a step forward and waved his hands over to the photographers and the hundreds of fans wearing Brazil and Barcelona jersey who had gathered around the press room and were seen reciting his name. He was then hurried through two health checks and led back to the office to sign the deal officially. Neymar later addressed a press briefing that he “listened to his heart”, when he took the decision to come to Barcelona and not play alongside Messi, but rest of the icon players part of the team too. He stressed on the excitement that surrounds playing with such greats like Andres Iniesta, Messi and Xavi Hernandez. Even before it was made official, the Brazilian’s new teammates had entrusted their faith on the youngster’s playing capabilities. Veteran Spanish playmaker Iniesta said that he anticipates Neymar to evolve as a better player while partnering Messi in an attacking position. He also said that coming to Barcelona was the best thing that could happen to Neymar and that he was confident with the kind of people that were around him here, he is only going to turn into a better player in the future both for his nation and for the club. Fellow teammate and compatriot Dani Alves reminded the long list of Brazilians like Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho and Romario who have excelled here and left a distinctive Brazilian legacy at the club. Neymar traveled to the Mediterranean city on a private jet with a small support-staff including his father Neymar Silva Santos that left Rio de Janeiro, after his participation in a 2-2 draw in a friendly with England on Sunday. He will return to his country Brazil to train with the national side for the upcoming Confederations Cup, which Brazil is hosting in the lead up to the 2014 World Cup. Before stepping into the big league, Neymar has harbored a fearsome reputation of leading Brazilian club side to its greatest run since legend Pele hung up his boots for the club in the 1970s. During his time at the club, he has helped Santos win the 2010 Brazilian Cup, the 2011 Copa Libertadores and 3 consecutive Sao Paulo state championships, taking the mantle of being the team's leading scorer in the era post-Pele with a whopping scoring rate of 138 goals in a total of 230 matches.  
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