In what will be undoubtedly the biggest player transfer deal of the summer, Neymar has joined Barcelona from Santos.

This creates mouth-watering attacking options for the Catalan club next term. At the age of 21 Neymar has plenty to prove in Europe, La Liga will serve up as an interesting challenge for the exciting young prospect.

Whilst Neymar is a new arrival to the Catalan area, he joins a long list and strong history of high-profile Brazilian forwards to have worn the famous shirt with pride.

If Neymar can live up to his potential and be anywhere near as good as the following five former Barcelona and Brazil strikers then they surely have an amazing world talent on their hands. 

Top five Brazil and Barcelona forwards.

1. Evaristo De Macedo

One of the first Brazilians to play for Barcelona, the striker scored a whopping 178 goals in just 226 appearances from 1957-1962. That's an average of 0.8 goals per game.

Regarded as one of the best foreign signings of the club of all time and brought to Spain by technical director Josep Samitier. The player was reported to possess silky skills, be deadly in front of goal and equally apt with either foot. 

During his time he led the club to two league titles, two Fairs Cups and one Spanish Cup victory.

Evaisto cemented himself into club folklore by scoring a goal with the sole of his foot to knock bitter-rivals Real Madrid out of the European Cup for the first time in their history in 1960. 

2. Romario

After finishing as World Player of The Year runner up in 1993, Johan Cruyff brought Romario to the club from Dutch outfit PSV. In his first season for the club he managed to score 30 goals, leading the club to the La Liga title and the final of the European Cup.

This was enough for the striker to be named World Player of the Year in 1994. After just one more season and 16 more goals Romario returned back to his homeland with Flamenco and took the hearts of many Barcelona fans with him. An absolute fox in the box.

Romario was a key figure of the 1994 Brazil World Cup-winning side, and was voted player of the tournament. A remarkable 1,000 goals were scored for Romario in a near 20-year career.

3. Ronaldo

The large-framed frontman may have had a passing visit at the Nou Camp, playing for only the 1996/97 season. During this time, however, he was quickly established as a household name around the world, commanding a then-world record fee of £19m upon his transfer to Serie A with Inter Milan in the summer of 1997.

In his trademark and memorable season, Barcelona were extremely successful in cup competitions with glory in the European Cup Winners' Cup, Copa del Ray and the Spanish Super Cup.

Forty-seven goals in 49 games made Ronaldo the youngest ever winner of the World Player of the Year award at just 20 years of age. In his time at Barca giving the Brazilian a goalscoring chance was usually as effective as conceding a penalty.

Ronaldo was the last player to score over 30 goals in a La Liga season for over 10 years, until none other than Lionel Messi in the 2008/09 season.

He also famously scored the winning penalty in the final of the Cup Winners' Cup.

4. Rivaldo

Tall and a skilful dribbler of the ball, and known as a specialist set-piece taker. Signed as a potential replacement for Ronaldo. Whilst not an out-and-out striker, he hit the back of the net an impressive 136 times in 253 games throughout a five-year period from 1997-2002.

A real threat from anywhere in the opponent half and considered to be a nightmare by many defenders around the world.

Rivaldo was a winner of both World and European Player of the Year awards in 1999, instrumental in guiding Barcelona to the league title. 

5. Ronaldinho

If you haven't seen some eye-catching, physics and gravity-defying stats by this Brazilian, you can't have seen much football over the last 10 years or so.

Brought to the club in 2003 as they missed out David Beckham to Real Madrid, little did they know how influential the little wizard would become.  

Ronaldinho played 214 times for the Catalan club, scoring 94 goals and creating 84 between 2003-2008.

He was named World Player of the Year consecutively in 2004 and 2005, and played his part in winning two league titles at Barcelona.

The performances of Ronaldinho in 2005/06 are seen by many as a primary reason why Barcelona lifted the Champions League for only the second time, with the first coming in 1992. 

The internet is absolutely littered with memorable goals and skills - the name Ronaldinho will never be forgotten at the Nou Camp.

 

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