Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, better known as Neymar, is the brilliantly exuberant centre-forward that has been entertaining the world over as a result of his fantastic footwork and majestic mohawk.

The awards for the 20-year-old striker haven't been too shabby either, with Neymar notably winning the 2011 South American Player of the Year award at the callow age of just 19-years-old.

It's hard to believe that the little Brazilian is capable of achieving so much in such a short space of time, but after a quick search on YouTube will tell you all you need to know.

Amongst all the Neymar compilation videos, you'll be in a state of awe. So, the concern is definitely not with his obvious talent; it's the question of adaptation.

If we are to believe the rumours that suggest Neymar is the subject of an imminent move to one of the world's biggest leagues, surely he'll have to make some changes to his brilliant but certainly not complete game?

The most probable location for the Santos striker is probably the Spanish La Liga, with both Real Madrid and Barcelona allegedly interested. La Liga holds the most success for Brazilians if recent examples are anything to go by. Players such as Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo and Luis Fabiano have all excelled in a league renowned for its technical emphasis.

Another reason is that it shares similarities with the very skilful game back home in Brazil - more emphasis is placed upon passing and attacking play - which are all ingredients that help develop prodigious South American talents into world-beaters.

Perhaps Neymar could end up plying his trade at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea? Or even at one of the Manchester clubs? The Premier League, by contrast to the Brasileirão, is much more physical with a quicker tempo of football.

There have been examples of Brazilian flops in England's top-tier too, most notably Kleberson of Manchester United and Robinho at Manchester City.

The truth is, the culture shock for Brazilians making the move to the UK or Europe can be too much to take. It's such a different way of life that a player's success might not necessarily be defined by their ability on the pitch - it's got just as much to do with how they adapt to their new environment, culture and way of life.

It begs the question - if Neymar were to move to Europe in the near future, would he be able to cope with the high-intensity of life both on and off the pitch? It remains to be seen.
 



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