FC Barcelona hoping Neymar nourishes Lionel Messi's magic

As much as the Argentine is often lauded for not being the stereotypical egotistical modern footballer, the success that both player and club have had in recent years has very much depended on building the side around Lionel Messi's talents.

updated: August 14, 2013 09:30 IST
  • Total Shares

Madrid: In contrast to previous seasons, Barcelona played their trump card in the transfer market early this year by securing the services of Brazilian starlet Neymar for 57 million euros ($75.7 million, £49.5 million) back in May.

The 21-year-old had been on the Catalans' radar for some time with Barca having even made a down payment of 10 million euros to Santos for first option on the player a year previously.

However, the confirmation of his transfer was hastened by the feeling that Barca needed to react quickly to having been thrashed 7-0 by Bayern Munich in last season's Champions League semi-finals.

Show Full Article
  • Football
  • Real Madrid
  • Brazil
  • Samuel Eto'o
  • Uruguay
  • Levski Sofia
  • AC Milan
  • Barcelona