Never have I seen South Americans adapt to Europe as well as Neymar is doing.
Normally, they need a long period because the style of playing is different. Some journalists thought that would take a long time before Neymar fit in Barça's philosophy, but the young star has been proving them wrong.
For those who watched Neymar during his period in Santos and are now looking closely to Brazil's biggest star, is already evident that he decided to change his way of playing.
Unquestionably, his decision turned out to be great.
At Santos, Neymar was the only star, and all the pressure was on him. He was frequently in the scoresheet, and was used to creating plays by himself. Everything has changed. In a team which Neymar is just another star, Brazil international started to play in a different way, focusing on helping his fellowships, especially his idol Lionel Messi, as he said during his first speech as a Barcelona player.
Neymar appears to be more mature, and is playing for the team. If he was Santos' top goalscorer, he is now changing his role. The winger seems to be focusing his training in passing, and has already given some assists, as he did in his first Champions League match against Ajax for example. He used to shoot more during the matches, but now Neymar knows that sometimes a pass can be more useful to the team.
One of the main reasons why Neymar is behaving like this, is unsurprisingly, Lionel Messi. Neymar knows and admits that Messi is still a better and more prepared player than him, and is trying to learn with his idol. In addition to that, Neymar knows that some football starts didn't fit in Barcelona because they weren't close to Messi, Ibrahimovic for example, and he is doing whatever he can to be accepted in the squad. And nothing is better to fit in Barcelona than pass the ball to Messi.
Another fact is helping Neymar's adaption: his friendship with two Brazilians, Adriano and Dani Alves. Both are considered important parts of the squad, and are making sure that Neymar knows what he should and shouldn't do.
Even with his different style, Neymar is proving all his worth, and why he can be a vital piece of the squad. A winger that can makes the difference, and has superb dribbling skills is everything Barcelona needed to be a top team again.
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