Neymar, the 21-year-old Brazil international, looks set for a move to Spanish giants Barcelona - but how will he fare in Europe?

The YouTube sensational currently plays for Santos back in his home country after making his debut in 2009.

Compared to superstar Lionel Messi, Neymar won the South American Player of the Year award in 2011 and has many attributes that Messi has, such as pace, skill, dribbling and exquisite finishing. 

Neymar also has 30 caps for his country and has scored 17 goals. Although this is a decent start to his international career - he has also scored 54 goals in 102 league appearances for Santos so definitely knows where the net is - but so many people will all be asking the same question: can Neymar crack Europe?

Well, we might be about to find out. It was only a matter of time before one of the European powers plucked him from his home country and, if the media is to be believed, Barcelona have a deal in place for the wonderkid.

What an addition this young man could make to an already outstanding Barca team. Imagine the likes of Messi and Neymar linking up and how terrifying that could be for any goalkeeper they face. Frightening. 

It is possible that even if Messi isn't playing, Neymar could have the same impact.

Then again, a lot of the people describing Neymar as world class and a brilliant potential will have only seen him on videos and on YouTube. 

In fairness, the Brazilian league isn't the best league to watch or play in so it is hard to tell if he would be successful in Europe. 

Although so many videos have been seen of him pulling off ridiculous skills or running past countless players, there would be massive pressure on this youngster for him to live up to the hype. 

Would it be fair to describe signing him as a risk? If he proves everyone right it would be a very beneficial risk and could mean even lead to more success at the Nou Camp. 


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