Like him or not, Neymar is a phenomenon. This weekend, aged just 20, the young Brazilian notched his 155th senior goal in a brace against Palmeiras, in the process taking his goals tally for the 2012 calendar year to a remarkable 56.
The statistics are scarcely believable, but as identified by FIFA president Sepp Blatter only this week, it will be difficult for him to compete for recognition as one of world's best players until he makes the long-awaited leap into European football.
The great and good of European football have been linked to his signature for some time now and it has regularly been reiterated that he will eventually make the big move following the 2014 World Cup.
European heavyweights Barcelona have been the side most consistently linked to his signature over the past eighteen months, with some reports claiming a deal is already complete. So, what are the reasons for and against the La Liga leaders signing Neymar?