With speculation regarding Neymar’s future at an all time high, GMF discusses where his future might lie in the coming years.
As his style of play will certainly not suit all teams that can afford his huge wages after an exorbitant transfer fee, we look at the best clubs for Neymar - should he decide to leave Brazil.
A player with both flair and pace, one would assume Neymar to be adaptable to any league and team, but at this stage he's yet to reach his peak, and the team which actually signs him may not be getting a certain winner. As Gary Cahill showed, it is possible to keep him quiet.
Anyway, here's a few possibities for Neymar...
With City executives reportedly meeting Neymar’s representatives at the recent friendly between England and Brazil (the same game in which Neymar was kept quiet by Chelsea centre back Gary Cahill), a transfer to the British shores might be on the cards. City, in fact are planning to revamp their squad in the summer and a splash for one of the most talented youngsters on the planet wouldn’t be surprising.
His style fits the attacking football City have been playing for the past three to four seasons, but he may not add much to an already stacked City frontline. And his physical presence, which is just about nil (although that means that he has a tendency to draw a lot of fouls), in a country like England, where football is more physical than anywhere else, means he may not be suited too well.
His intelligence along with his off the ball work though, could be tempting for the Manchester-based club. A replacement for the departed Balotelli or Edin Dzeko, who could be off loaded in the summer despite his massive contribution with goals this season, looks viable for the reigning English Champions.
Thus, a move to Manchester, although possible, would perhaps be better advised at a later stage in his career.
With Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly all set to depart the Bernabeu at the end of the season, a replacement would be needed, and who better than a player in the mould of Ronaldo, only younger. Neymar would fit seamlessly in Madrid, considering how badly they will need the pace and flair if Ronaldo leaves.
His reading of the game coupled with his knack of creating space off the shoulder of the last defender would be a massive advantage in La Liga. Madrid, who will certainly need the goals considering how dependent they have been on Ronaldo to get on the score sheet, will be an ideal place for him considering that there will be space in the first team squad.
At the age of 21, most players wouldn’t choose the likes of Real to play for considering the array of stars they always have on their roster, but for Neymar, it makes perfect sense as his would prove to be an apt replacement for Ronaldo.
With Andres Iniesta, Pedro and David Villa (who could depart in the summer), Barcelona have enough talented players in their star studded squad to play around Leo Messi. Not only this, but with Tello coming through the ranks, the future of Barcelona’s left wing looks safe.
Although one would argue about Neymar’s ability to play as the striker, his link up play with fellow team mates is best when he starts out on the left and playing him central in the usual Barca 4-3-3, could see him struggle to find his top form.
On a skill level, though, Neymar can certainly pass the ball well and his combination with Messi would be incredible - at least it would be in theory.
In the end though, it all depends on the decision he makes. Either he could be the main man at Madrid or he could share the pitch with the world’s current best Leo Messi.
Which do you think he will choose? Could he even stay in Brazil past 2014? Have your say below...
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