Evolution of a Transfer: Neymar to Barcelona

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Evolution of a Transfer: Neymar to Barcelona
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Neymar da Silva Santos Junior.

Neymar officially became a Barcelona player this week.

The 21-year-old has made headlines, attracted numerous sponsors and seen Europe’s biggest clubs come calling for his signature ever since he burst onto the scene with Santos in 2009.

The on-again, off-again deal rumours evolved into a saga over the last couple of seasons, as the world tried to predict whether Neymar would leave his native Brazil before the 2014 World Cup.

The speculation threatened to rumble on throughout the summer months until it was announced that the striker had signed for the La Liga champions this week on fcbarcelona.com.

But when did Barcelona begin their pursuit of Neymar? Is it true that Barcelona secured his services two years ago? Why did he choose the Camp Nou side?

Here, we look back at the evolution of Neymar’s move to Barcelona and chart his rise to success.

Feel free to let me know your thoughts and whether you think Neymar will be a hit with Barca in the comments section below!

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