Everybody Wants Them Some Neymar

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Written By Chris Azzopardi

There’s a kid with an awful fauxhawk called Neymar, and he’s the biggest thing to come out of Brazil since the last “new Pele,” whoever that was (Robinho? Rafael Scheidt?). What’s more, he knows it. Santos, his club, knows it. And Every team that wants to buy him knows it.

In recent years, the Barcelona-Madrid rivalry has come to resemble the Cold War arms race. Real countered the threat of Messi by buying Ronaldo. When Real added another attacking playmaker in Mesut Ozil, Barcelona secured the repatriation of Cesc Fabregas. Even the dynamic between managers Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola has, at times, seemed closer to the walk-off scene in Zoolander (not related to Soviet-American relations, but who doesn’t enjoy a good Zoolander reference?) than a professional relationship.

And it seems like both sides are eyeing up Neymar as the moon landing that will finally give one side the ideological advantage over the other. And Santos’ president, Luis Alvaro Ribeiro, totally knows this.

I have a very good relationship with both Spanish clubs. I asked Rosell to respect our decision on Neymar, and he asked me to take care of the player until 2014.

With (Real president) Florentino Perez I proposed a friendly match for our centenary and he accepted.

This could get interesting fairly quickly. We’re imagining a long series of escalating gifts, each grander than the last, from the Spanish Clubs desperate to land the wunderkind. And then Man City comes in and outbids them all to put him on the bench just for the hell of it.

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