Neymar moves to Barca
Crying Neymar bids farewell to Santos in last game before Barcelona switch
Neymar shed a few tears as he took the field for Santos for the last time ahead of his move to Barcelona. He moves to the Catalan giants this summer.
NEYMAR FACT FILE
1992: February 5 – Born in Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil.
2003: Joins Santos’ youth academy.
2006: Travels to Spain to trial at Real Madrid but opts to remain at Santos.
2009: March – Makes his Santos debut at the age of 17 before scoring his first senior goal a week later.
2010: April 15 – Scores five goals as Santos beat Guarani 8-1.
May – Voted best player in the Campeonato Paulista as Santos win the title.
July – Santos director of football Pedro Luiz Nunes says the club rejected a £12million offer from West Ham. Neymar also denies he has agreed a deal with Chelsea.
August 10 – Scores on his Brazil debut in a 2-0 friendly win against the United States.
December 30 – Third in the voting for the South American Footballer of the Year after he scores 42 goals in 60 games.
2011: June – Scores as Santos win the Copa Libertadores for the first time since 1963 – when Pele was at the club.
November – Signs a new deal at Santos to remain until after the
2014 World Cup in Brazil.
December – Nominated for FIFA’s Ballon d’Or and wins the Puskas Award for his goal against Flamengo.
Wins Bronze Ball at the FIFA Club Word Cup as Santos lose final to Barcelona 4-0.
December 30 – Named the South American Footballer of the Year.
2012: February 5 – Scores his 100th senior professional goal on his 20th birthday against Palmeiras.
May – Scores a double in both legs of the Campeonato final against Guarani as Santos win title 7-2 on aggregate.
June – Top scorer in the Copa Libertadores but Santos lose semi-final to Corinthians.
December – Named South American Footballer of the Year for a second time while he also wins the Golden Ball as the best player in the Brazilian National Championship. Denies he has a deal with Barcelona.
2013: March 18 – Says it was his dream to play in Europe.
April 25 – His father and agent, Neymar da Silva Sr, says Neymar will leave Santos before the 2014 World Cup.
May 25 – Santos announce they have accepted two bids for the striker, thought to be from Real Madrid and Barcelona.
May 26 – Neymar and Barcelona confirm he has chosen to join the Spanish champions.
World footballer of the year Messi has come out to suggest that Neymar joining them is wonderful and that he looks firward to working with him.
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