Brazil and Santos striker Neymar signs deal at Barcelona
Brazilian striker Neymar has finally secured the contract that takes him from Santos to Spanish giants Barcelona.
Last Updated: 28/05/13 2:03pm
The 21-year-old signed a five-year contract with the Primera Liga winners on Monday, two days after announcing that he had decided to choose the Catalan club over fierce rivals Real Madrid.
Neither Neymar nor Barcelona have released the financial details of the transfer but Brazilian media are reporting that Barca will pay about €30million.
Neymar, who thrived with Brazilian club Santos, posted a message on Monday on Twitter and Instagram saying that "here it ends this wonderful passage with a special club".
He waved goodbye to the Santos fans at Sunday's season-opening game against Flamengo and will head to the Nou Camp after the Confederations Cup, which starts in Brazil on June 15 and finishes on June 30.
Neymar guided Santos on their greatest run since Pele stopped playing for the club in the 1970s, helping the team win the 2010 Brazilian Cup, the 2011 Copa Libertadores and three successive Sao Paulo state championships.
He is the club's leading scorer in the post-Pele era with 138 goals in 229 games.