Barcelona and Brazil forward Neymar.
One of the most exciting young talents in world football at the moment will finally begin his career in Europe next season with Barcelona, after being confirmed as joining the club from Brazilian side Santos for over £48million.
Neymar has already arguably proven himself as one of the best players in the world, and is up there with Lionel Messi for sheer natural ability, though he will truly claim status as one of the top five in the world if he can continue his fine form with Barcelona next season.
Still, the 21-year-old has achieved a great deal already at his young age, scoring 136 goals in 225 appearances for Santos, as well as 22 in 36 for the senior Brazilian national team, which he has been involved with since he was a teenager.
The exciting forward is currently impressing for Brazil in this summer’s Confederations Cup, and has scored two quality goals already with first-time volleys from outside the box. He also showed incredibly quick feet to set up his strike-partner Fred for his team’s second goal in a 2-0 win over Mexico, showing his uncanny ability to find space where others can’t, and do the impossible with his fine footwork.
His dribbling ability and collection of fine individual goals are what have drawn most comparisons with Messi, and the prospect of the two playing in the same team next season will fill football fans everywhere with a great deal of excitement, as we see potentially one of the best partnerships of all time develop at the Nou Camp.
There’s no doubt Neymar still has something to prove at the top level in Europe, but if he continues to perform as he has done so far in his career, he truly looks like becoming one of the all-time greats, and he has certainly joined the right club for expressing himself on the football pitch, with Barcelona’s attacking style of play fitting in perfectly with his flair and ability.
Although he is still young, he deserves his place among the best footballers in the world already, and he will surely confirm that as time goes on.