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Re: Player Highlight - Neymar da Silva Santos JšČnior

Neymar became the eighth most expensive signing in history by moving from Santos to Barcelona in a deal worth £48.6m on Monday, uniting the Brazil forward with Argentina's Lionel Messi in a formidable attacking partnership.

Neymar signed a five-year contract after choosing Barça over Real Madrid to conclude a two-year bidding contest between the Spanish rivals.

The Barça vice president Josep Bartomeu said they had expected to pay £34m but that "the interference of other clubs" inflated the price, alluding to Madrid's involvement.

Only Cristiano Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Kakšą, Luis Figo, Hulk and Fernando Torres have cost a club more than Neymar.

The 21-year-old laughed shyly when asked if he was worth the price. "No, but I am very grateful that Barcelona did what it had to do to complete my childhood dream to be with my idols," he said.
"I am very happy, very moved to be a Barcelona player and fulfil my dream," Neymar told the tens of thousands of fans who turned out to watch him run out on to the pitch at Camp Nou. He wore a Barcelona shirt with "Neymar Jr" on the back.

Neymar quickly made it clear that he knows that he will have to play second fiddle to Messi. "I want to help the team," he said. "I have come to add my part so that Lionel Messi continues to be the best player in the world."
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