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By IVES GALARCEP
Brazilian superstar Neymar had suspense building over his decision on which European powerhouse he would leave Santos for, and as of Friday evening, he had settled on two final options.
“It’s not going to hold out until Monday … My family and friends already know my decision. Monday sign a contract with Barcelona.
“I want to thank the fans of Santos by these incredible nine years. My feeling for the club and the fans will never change. It is eternal! Only a club like Santos FC could give me everything I have lived on and off the field. I thank the wonderful fans who supported me fish even in the most difficult moments. Titles, goals, dribbling, celebrations and songs that fans created for me will be forever in my heart … I made sure to play the match tomorrow in Brasilia. I want to have the opportunity to once again take the field with the “mantle” and hear the crowd scream my name … as the hymn says, “it is an honor that not everyone can have …” It is a different time for me, sad (farewell) and cheerful (new challenge). May God bless me in my choices … And I’m always in Santos!
Neymar chose Barcelona over Real Madrid after taking the two offers and considering them both overnight on Friday. He ultimately chose to play for Barcelona, where he will now partner with Lionel Messi, Xavi and Iniesta in a team that is revamping the squad this off-season, with a goalkeeper and central defense help still on the shopping list.
What do you think of this development? Excited to see Neymar play alongside Neymar? Disappointed he didn’t choose Real Madrid or Chelsea or some other club? How do you think he will do in Europe?
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