Neymar is showing, through his performances for Brazil in the 2013 Confederations Cup, that he is ready to succeed in Barcelona next season at individual level, even though many have tipped him to feel the pressure in Spain.
After Neymar was transferred from Santos to Barcelona, many showed discontent over the Catalans’ strong hype for their new superstar – insisting that the Brazilian had not yet proven his potential in Europe.
Neymar is currently regarded as one of the world’s best attackers, and arguably as the planet’s best youngster in football. However, his step-overs, pace and accuracy have yet to convince the entire European audience that he deserves the endless praises he gets in South America.
Understandably, the lack of intensity and pressure in Brazilian leagues are what have painted Neymar’s image as an overrated player towards European football fans. But through his superb display for Brazil in the 2013 Confederations Cup, the new Barcelona forward has proved that he is able to dazzle even on big stages.
Knowing how La Liga’s general playing level has degraded overtime despite the imbalanced development of Real Madrid and Barcelona, there is no doubt that Neymar will be presented with the perfect platform next season to exhibit his brightest sides on the pitch.
Having the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta by his sides, Neymar will surely absorb all the experience around him to project a unique display under the Barcelona jersey.
Support from the fans is obviously what will serve as the prolific goalscorer’s performance enhancer next season. But should the club’s supporters respond positively to Neymar’s influence in the team, manager Tito Vilanova can rest assured that he will benefit from an invincible front-line.
Brazilian fans have certainly been doing their homework so far in the Confederations Cup – cheering the Canarinha at the top of their voices throughout their matches. Indeed, their massive encouragement has translated itself into unquestionable profit as the hosts have been in devastating form, scoring five goals and conceding none in their two games played so far.
Neymar – who scored the first goal of this tournament after just three minutes of play against Japan in the opening match – is definitely Brazil’s main player to watch.
He was also instrumental in his country’s 2-0 win over Mexico – scoring a blistering volley after only nine minutes and setting up Jo brilliantly in stoppage time for Brazil’s second goal.
His performance in the rest of the Confederations Cup will certainly be closely scrutinised by the public, and outstanding contributions from his side will simply boost his own confidence ahead of his new challenges at Barcelona next season.
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