Sunday 20 August 2017 / 10:20 AM

Neymar: A Perfect Fit?

Following the high profile move from Santos to Barcelona, is Neymar really worth the amount of money spent and have what it takes to succeed at one of Europe’s elite football club?

 

The 21 year old Brazilian was one of the hottest properties on the transfer market and inevitable completed a €57 million switch to Camp Nou. Thanks to Neymar’s outstanding performances in previous seasons, both domestically and internationally, his value dramatically increased.

Barcelona has established themselves as one of the greatest footballing sides ever and is certainly one of the powerhouses in the modern game. Neymar’s main struggle will be winning the hearts of the Catalan faithful.

For a young player, breaking into the first team is always a difficult assignment. With the likes of Xavi, Iniesta and especially Messi, who are undoubtedly the backbone of the team, Neymar certainly has his work cut out; particularly if he wishes to secure a starting role with regular game time.

Cesc Fabregas is a prime example of phenomenal talent that found it tough when trying to clinch a spot in the starting eleven at Barcelona.

With four-time Ballon d’Or winner and top goal scorer, Lionel Messi, in scintillating form that spearheads Barcelona’s offense, it is very far fetched to believe that Neymar will replace the man proclaimed as the best player in the world.

Players that are brought into clubs often take a while to adjust, sometimes not being as smooth as expected. This has often affected their performance on the pitch.

The La Liga is a more recognised domestic competition with a higher standard of football; with twenty teams battling it out for the crown.

With Neymar soon to be applying his trade in Spain, he must get accustomed to a system that he hasn’t experienced before – European football.

As next season gets underway, more games will be added to Neymar’s schedule, with competitions such as the UEFA Champions League. This will raise the already massive anticipation surrounding him.

Without even kicking a ball, there has already been a gigantic amount of pressure placed on the shoulders of young Neymar. His tender age of 21 brings uncertainties to whether or not he will be able to live up to expectations.

Next season will prove the question on everyone’s minds: Was Neymar the perfect piece of the puzzle or did Barcelona just want to snap up a high profile player to continue their dominance in world football?

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