A less-than-transparent transfer deal, while not his fault, meant more focus was initially off the field rather than on it.
The Brazilian quickly reversed the trend, helping his side to a Supercopa de Espana win and an outstanding start to the La Liga season.
By December, he trailed only Lionel Messi in the scoring stakes.
He continued to impress until injury curtailed his progress during the latter stages of the season, but by then he had already been the architect of enough stand-out moments for even the most pessimistic Cule to be impressed.
Let's take a look at Neymar's five best games from his opening season in Blaugrana.