Unfortunately for Barcelona and their fans, their dream of watching Neymar roam the pitch at Camp Nou likely won't become a reality anytime soon.
According to ESPN Soccernet, Santos—Neymar's Brazilian club team—has labeled him "priceless" and president Luis Alvaro said he has no interest in negotiating with powerhouses like Barcelona and Real Madrid.
"I am adamant in saying that Neymar is priceless," Alvaro told Lance. "Millions and millions of euro, dollars and reais could not pay for him. He is a unique player, he's distinguished, he is the great idol of Brazilian football, for whom it is impossible to negotiate for."
So, as salivating as it is to think about Neymar working his magic with Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and the rest of Barcelona's superstars, it's probably not going to happen this year.
However, Neymar's contract is up on 2014, and at the age of 22, he will be an even more attractive asset. The lightning-quick forward is already one of the 10 best players in the world, and as he gets closer to his physical prime, he will likely overtake Messi as the best footballer on the planet.
His footwork is simply breathtaking, especially when you consider the speed at which he moves. His touch is remarkable and his awareness of things like pace and momentum is unparalleled. He is really the perfect forward to have as he can play wide or in the middle, and is comfortable with finishing or setting up his teammates in front of the net.
Neymar is a complete forward, and he will undoubtedly dominate his competition in the coming months. Unfortunately, he won't be wearing a Barcelona jersey when he does so.
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