Continuing to impress for Santos, Brazil’s golden boy Neymar, is one of the hottest young properties in world football today.
Many of Europe’s big clubs are rumoured to be willing to put up a large transfer fee in a bid to secure his signature.
However, amidst much speculation, it would appear that Neymar, once he does decide to take his football elsewhere, will settle in Spain at Barcelona or Real Madrid.
The question that remains for many is who will it be? Does he belong with the Catalan Giants or the Galacticos?
Neymar burst onto the scene in his teens. A look of a Ronaldinho about him, the Brazilian player showcased his fancy footwork with a keen vision and eye for goal.
Since then, his skills have been deemed some of the finest in the game, rivalling the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The main focus of the Santos team for the past couple of years, his goal tally of 160 in all competitions, alongside 30 assists, has attracted many suitors.
A player who loves to see as much of the ball as possible, he spends a lot of the time in possession as he tries to outwit his opponents with dazzling feet and quick, insightful passes.
Often the crowd will see him just standing still over the ball as he looks to draw in opposition defenders, before knocking it past them as he looks to attack the goal.
Someone who always fancies a chance at goal, flying at the defence with purpose and drive, he holds a controlled shot and loves to let fly whenever he can. His trickery, quick passes, and goal prowess combined, mean he is a lot to handle for any defender.
It is clear that Neymar is a very individual player, however it would be wrong to call him selfish, as his link up play with his teammates would demonstrate.
No doubt a talented individual, the question is, where would Neymar be better suited? Madrid or Barcelona?
Despite numerous claims that his next stop will be Barcelona, the Brazilian may well better fit in Madrid.
While Barcelona focus on a very patient and collective game, Real Madrid love to go forward with pace and width, as shown by their prowess on counter attacks.
Neymar is an electric, fast player and would benefit from this style of play. Real seem better at utilising more individual players, like Ronaldo, Angel Di Maria, and Gonzalo Higuaín, whereas Barca don’t always have a place for more independent players, as Alexis Sanchez has showed by failing to maintain a regular place in the Barcelona starting 11. It would be a shame to see this happen to Neymar.
Neymar fits very well with the way Real Madrid like to play, with pace and individual brilliance, but the thought of playing alongside Lionel Messi, Xavi, and Andres Iniesta would undoubtedly tempt him. With his future still to be decided, let’s first see if Neymar can lift a World Cup trophy in his home country next summer.
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