Jersey numbers in sports are always an interesting issue, and sometimes the value of a number can be more serious to some players than others. With Neymar coming to Barcelona this summer, it is yet to be seen how serious Neymar will be about keeping the number 11 he wore at Santos.
Neymar’s two favorite numbers are 7 and 11, which are currently worn by David Villa a’nd Thiago, respectively. He wore the number 11 in respect to one of his most influential players, Romario, who interestingly enough played for Barca as well. He had worn the number 7 playing for the Brazilian national team.
Neymar may have to come to a personal agreement with either of the players if he wants to keep either number, but that might not be necessary. Reports have widely linked David Villa to being moved this summer, along with reports Thiago is unhappy about his playing time. The team store has been selling Neymar jersey’s with both numbers, so it appears he may have his pick already.
Barcelona’s embattled manager Tito Vilanova was graced by good fortune this week when football superstar Neymar decided to join the Blaugrana. But the coach believes that the player’s decision to join Barca shows how much he wants to succeed at the top-club level.
Barcelona’s €28 million offer was accepted by Santos FC earlier this week, bringing to a close a fierce bidding war which saw club brass from even Real Madrid flying into Brazil to get a deal done. Neymar finished up his final match this weekend with his now former club, and Tito couldn’t hold back his excitement when asked to speak about his new acquisition. Continue reading Tito Vilanova believes Neymar chose opportunity over money→
Neymar Santos said goodbye to Santos FC today in a match against Flamengo that ended 0-0. Afterwards he said it “will be a huge honor to play with Messi, Xavi and Iniesta”, his future mates at FC Barcelona.
“It hasn’t really sunk in that I’m “joining “the best team in the world” but it will be “an honor to play there,” said Neymar, who revealed that the person who most insisted that he join Barcelona was back Dan Alves.
FC barcelona declared via Twitter Saturday night that Brazilian athlete Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. (21) has signed a five-year agreement with the Catalan club. The transfer is said to be around €25-28 million for 100 percent of Neymar’s rights, and 2 friendly matches between Barça and Santos, addition to the widely accepted-but-unconfirmed €10 million payment Barcelona placed down for the player last year.
Neymar will play for Barca. The agreement between the Catalan club, Santos FC, and the Brazilian is complete, missing only small details with the other parties in the deal to close it permanently. His move to Barca will be for around 50 million euros.
Neymar could sign for 5 seasons around 7 million a year. Barcelona hopes to make official the signing of Neymar this Sunday after playing against Espanyol on Monday of next week.
Santos announced the news, after a marathon meeting that took place last night at its headquarters, which had two offers, one from Barcelona and one from Real Madrid, Neymar being allowed to choose his destination. The Brazilian has now decided that his future will be Barcelona.
Barcelona offered €20 million for Brazilian Santos striker Neymar earlier this week. Anticipation was heightened as Barcelona faithful, players and fans alike, waited for Neymar to arrive in Camp Nou. However, Raúl Sanllehí, Barca’s director of football who was in Brazil to negotiate a deal, has left without Neymar signing on the dotted line.
The Blaugrana are unwilling to bend to Santos FC’s demands, as the Brazilian club has rejected the €20 million Barca offer for a 55 percent stake in Neymar. The remaining 45 percent belongs to DIS, a super marketing agency, and TEISA, an investment fund.
It’s become clear Santos is trying to get as much as they can out of Neymar, and the feel the €20 million offer is just too low. But they must be careful. Barcelona has a backup plan in which they will pay Neymar €10 million this year to play with Santos, but be unable to negotiate with any other team and become a free agent in 2014, and sign with Barca. If this were to happen Santos would walk away with nothing.