Tuesday, June 04, 2013
NEYMAR UNVEILED AS BARCELONA PLAYER, SAYS HE WANT TO HELP MESSI REMAIN WORLD BEST
Brazil football sensation Neymar has completed his move to Barcelona in a deal that pundits say will unite the former Santos star with Lionel Messi in a formidable attacking partnership, and he has already made his intentions clear.
Neymar travelled straight to Spain from Brazil's 2-2 draw against England in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, and in his interview on the Nou Camp pitch he said: 'I'm here to help and to help Messi to continue to be the best player in the world.'
Despite arriving slightly behind schedule, Neymar was greeted at Barcelona airport before being taken to the club's offices to pose for photographs in the Blaugrana shirt and to undergo a medical.
Neymar passed 'exhaustive tests' before committing his future to the club until June 2018 in the presence of president Sandro Rosell, vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu and sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta.
He was later paraded on the Nou Camp pitch in front of thousands of Barca fans, where he said: 'I'm very happy to be a Barcelona player, it is a dream. I want to bring everything I can to "more than a club" as Barca is and i want to help barca continue to be the best club in the world.'
The signing of Neymar further boosts the Primera Division champions' attacking riches and the prospect of him linking up with four-time reigning world player of the year Messi is a mouthwatering one.
It remains to be seen just how Barca coach Tito Vilanova will utilise the two forwards in the same side.
However, midfielder Andres Iniesta is confident the South American duo will have no problems playing alongside each other.
'The great players always understand one another. Leo will make Neymar better and vice-versa. It's a team game and the sum of all helps the club win,' said the Spain international, who believes Neymar has made the right decision in choosing Barca.
'He's coming to the best place that he could go to. One of the best young players is coming and that's what we all wants,' Iniesta added.
'He will contribute a lot, he's a player with outstanding talent and quality. He can unsettle opponents, score goals and give spectacular performances at a club which is ideal to continue growing.
'It's great news that we can count on him. Surrounded by the people that he's going to have here, he will get better all the time.'
The transfer fee of Neymar move to Barca remains undisclosed. However, it is believed to be in the range of £50 million