On Saturday, May 25, 2013, Neymar da Silva Junoir announced via Twitter and his Instagram that he will officially be joining Barcelona for the next five seasons of his outstanding career.
At just twenty-one, the Brazilian forward has made quite the name for himself, often being compared to Pelé and after the Confederations Cup in June, he will be accepting a hefty deal from Barcelona. According to reports the most promising player in the league will be paid $32.3 million to go to Barcelona, turning down $35 million to go to Real Madrid.
On social media Neymar wrote, “My friends and my family already know of my decision. On Monday I will sign a contract with Barcelona.”
And he wasn’t the only one tweeting the news as Barcelona made an announcement of their own, “FC Barcelona have reached an agreement with Santos for Neymar. The Brazilian player will join FC Barcelona for the next five seasons.”
Neymar has been blessed to grow up in Sao Paulo and attend Santos Academy. “I want to thank Santos fans for these nine incredible years,” Neymar said. “My feelings for the club and the fans will never change. I made it sure that I play (this last match) so I can have the opportunity to once again enter the field wearing the team’s jersey and to hear the fan chant my name.” The club reportedly turned down an offer for $25.8 million from Barcelona, saying that it wasn’t enough. Neymar only had 6 more months left on his contract with Santos, had that lapsed, Santos would not profit off of any team’s payment to Neymar.
Neymar’s last soccer match playing for Santos will be on Sunday for the Santos’ first game in the 2013 Brazilian league. They will play against Flamengo. Neymer helped Santos win the 2010 Brazilian Cup and that same year he was offered 35 million from Chelsea but the young player resigned with Santos until 2014. He also holds the top scoring record of 138 goals in 229 matches…the best record since Pelé.
We’re sure the success will continue as he heads to Barcelona to join the likes of other soccer stars such as the four-time FIFA Player of the Year Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez.