It’s Official: Neymar Signs Five-Year Deal with Barcelona
It’s official. Our long international nightmare is over. Neymar has signed a five-year contract with Barcelona, meaning the entire planet Earth doesn’t need constant updates on his transfer situation anymore. It also means that goal.com just lost half of its content formula, which goes something like this:
50% – News about Neymar moving to Europe
50% – News about everything else
It looks like the deal was 28 million Euros for five-years, which may or may not be on top of the 10 million Barca has long been rumored to have already paid. I believe Barcelona will also get 100% of Neymar’s rights. If so, Sandro Rosell and company just got one of the most talented and marketable players in the world at a very reasonable price. Neymar will play his last match for Santos tomorrow against Flamengo. Then he’s off to national team duty. From what I hear, he’ll be joining Barcelona sometime in July for their summer friendlies.
Both parties – Barcelona as a club, and Neymar as a player – are swinging for the fences on this one. That’s because there are no positives or negatives to this deal; there are potential positives and potential negatives. I’ll try and elaborate more tomorrow (though no doubt you can all figure them out yourselves, we’ve only been debating the subject for years.) HUGE apologies for being MIA again the last few weeks – I’ve been fighting a really prolonged bout of the flu lately, and it’s been all I can do lately just to get my regular work done.
In the meantime, at least we can check one item off the “Things That Have to Happen For Brazil to Win the 2014 World Cup” list: Neymar is finally moving to Europe.
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