When news emerged of Barcelona's new signing, it was met with more shock than you would would expect. 

Neymar has been touted as one of the worlds most exciting young talents - but is the worth the £48.6m Barcelona paid Santos for his services? 

Unlikely, but the Brazilian is only 21, he has many years to prove himself at the highest level.

But what exactly are Barcelona getting for their money?

Neymar is a quick, skilful forward who boasts a very good goal-scoring record to date. Neymar scored an impressive 136 times in 224 appearances for Santos in all competitions, the highest tally in the post Pele era.

So, is he up to the challenge at the Catalnas?

Neymar certainly has his critics, but you can't deny that he has shown quality in his own league. 

It is safe to say that the Liga do Brasil is inferior to La Liga in terms of the quality of play and players in the league. Neymar dazzles in Brazil because he is the best player in his league by a mile, but when presented with a chance on the big stage, he hasn't lived up to the hype. 

Neymar has played in two friendlies against England in the past 12 months, and on both occasions he was lacklustre and failed to make an impact.

Neymar is also known for being extremely selfish, something that won't go down well at the Nou Camp. They obviously believe he has quality, but his selfish nature may cause problems with Barcelona playing their possession football. 

Also Neymar will no longer be the main star at his new club like how he was at Santos. It will be interesting to see how he adapts to that.

But does Neymar warrant the high price tag?

At the moment, no he doesn't, currently he is extremely overrated - but he could prove his worth in the years ahead.


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