It was the transfer saga that just kept on giving. Whatever the minutiae of the deal, it was—certainly in the latter stages—conducted with a fair degree of objectionableness and vulgarity.
In any event, the player will now ply his trade in Catalonia for the next five years. His procurement can be seen as a statement of intent from Barcelona.
Whilst this term—after the capture of the La Liga title—cannot be deemed a disappointment, many cules will point to the way in which the team was dismantled by eventual Champions League winners Bayern Munich in the competition's semifinal round.
It was as clear an indicator as you are likely to get that suitable regeneration needed to be acquired.
So will Neymar provide Catalonia's finest with the resource required to lift an enveloping gloom around Camp Nou? Or will his signing prove to be a millstone around the neck of President Sandro Rosell?
What else needs to change to ensure a successful 2013/14 campaign? Let's take a look...