Graham Ruthven of the New York Times reported the news, adding his own surprise to the announcement taking place at all.
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
Neymar completed his €57m transfer to Barcelona to become the second most expensive Brazilian in history after Kaká €65m to Real.— Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaLive) June 3, 2013
The story made headlines last week as Neymar chose Barca over Spanish foe Real Madrid, ending years of speculation on where the Brazilian star would continue his playing days, according to Sky Sports. Neymar's deal with La Blaugrana totals five years.
To nobody's surprise, Barca fans flooded the airport for a sighting of what could be their club's biggest move in years.
He hasn't been shy about his excitement over the new deal, as he posted a picture in front of a Barca logo on his Instagram account.
Heralded as one of the best young players of his generation, Neymar has made a huge name for himself at just 21 years of age. He's already totaled 54 goals in 103 appearances with Santos of Brazil's Serie A.
Did Neymar make the right move?
Neymar's excellence has spilled over to the international side as well. He has 20 goals in just 33 appearances with Brazil's national team. Alongside Hulk, the two have united for a new age of Brazil soccer as they are sure to be right in the thick of things in the 2014 World Cup–which they host–and beyond.
But with the signing of their next young stud, Barcelona now possesses the most promising times of Neymar's career as he's inching toward his prime.
Playing beside Lionel Messi, Neymar's elusive abilities should only amplify as he stakes his claim as one of the world's best players.