Brazilian teenager Neymar is world football’s hottest commodity. Still only 19, the Santos forward’s livewire performances have already drawn comparisons to the likes of Pelé and Robinho. He’s notched over 60 goals for club and country (including an impressive 42-goal haul for Santos last season) and looks set to become a permanent fixture in the Green and Yellow XI for years to come.
Neymar is arguably his country’s brightest prospect since Kaká. Blessed with outstanding technique and close-control, explosive pace, and clinical goalscoring ability, Neymar is already a player of immense talent. He’s versatile too, and as dangerous cutting-in from wide positions as he is in the penalty box. There is real belief among Brazil supporters that football is about to witness the growth of one of its all-time great players.
His talents haven’t gone unnoticed either. Although Neymar is contracted to Santos until 2014, it’s unlikely that they’ll be able to hold onto their prized asset beyond summer. A reported bid from Chelsea has already been rejected and it will take a sizeable sum to take Neymar abroad, but there’s not a team in the world that wouldn’t want him in their squad.
With several of Europe’s elite reportedly plotting summer bids, Neymar’s transfer is almost inevitable. Here are the top 25 clubs he may end-up playing his trade for next season.