When you are an international superstar, it does not take long to be recognized in a new city. For Neymar, he could not even get out of the airport.
The 21-year-old player recently signed a five-year deal to play with Barcelona in the upcoming season. He will pair with Lionel Messi and others to make one of the most talented front lines in the entire world.
Barcelona, in a strange move, confirmed the terms of the transfer that will having him playing in the Nou Camp next season, a hefty €57 million, per Graham Ruthven of the New York Times' Goal blog.
Barcelona confirm Neymar transfer fee as €57 million. Slightly unusual for them to disclose such details of a transfer like this.— Graham Ruthven (@grahamruthven) June 3, 2013
Unsurprisingly, the Spanish fans are plenty excited for the possibilities. As Neymar arrived in the airport in Barcelona, people gathered around for pictures and autographs.
He then posed in front of an advertised for his new club, the star posted on Instagram:
One can only imagine what it will be like when the player actually steps onto the pitch.
How many goals will Neymar score next season?
Despite his young age, Neymar has already developed quite a reputation as a talented striker for Santos FC. Last season, he totaled 29 goals in 31 matches for his club in the Brasileirao and Paulista leagues.
Additionally, he is arguably the most talented player on the Brazilian national team and is looking to lead the squad to a World Cup title in 2014 as the host country.
At his young age, he is certain to only get better. Barcelona hopes to capture that talent as it looks to repeat as La Liga champions next season and possibly contend for a Champions League title. The club only reached the semifinals this past year before falling to eventual winners Bayern Munich.
Considering he chose the club over rivals Real Madrid makes this acquisition twice as good.
It will be some time until Neymar can actually participate in matches for the historic club, but for now, fans have the right to get excited about him simply stepping on Barcelona soil.
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