Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Neymar signs five-year deal with Barca

PHOTO | ANDREW YATES | AFP Great Britain midfielder Tom Cleverley (L) vies for the ball with Brazilian forward Neymar during the London 2012 Olympic games warm up football match between Great Britain and Brazil at the Riverside stadium in Middlesbrough, north-east England on July 20, 2012.

PHOTO | ANDREW YATES | AFP Great Britain midfielder Tom Cleverley (L) vies for the ball with Brazilian forward Neymar during the London 2012 Olympic games warm up football match between Great Britain and Brazil at the Riverside stadium in Middlesbrough, north-east England on July 20, 2012. 

By AFP

SAO PAULO

Brazilian football star Neymar on Monday signed a five-year contract with Spanish giants FC Barcelona and will travel to Spain next week for the official presentation.

The 21-year star, whose full name is Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, announced his choice on his Instagram account Saturday after receiving offers from both the Catalan club and its rival Real Madrid.

"I want to thank the Santos fans for nine incredible years," wrote Neymar, currently a forward for the storied Brazilian team Santos.

Neymar's agent Wagner Ribeiro said his client would be one of Barca's highest paid players, but did not disclose the financial terms of the deal.

"He will earn less than (Lionel) Messi, but he will make close to what (fellow Brazilian star) Kaka makes today," the agent told the Gazeta television channel.

"Neymar is on his way to getting the third or fourth highest salary among Barca players."

According to Spanish media, the transfer was valued at between $51.7 million and $64.6 million.

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