After all of that vacillation, the reason Neymar chose Barcelona is ultimately clear: babies. After the baby boom within our player ranks, and knowing how those baby folks stick together, it only makes sense that the Brazilian footballer everybody wants, chose Barça.
To say that there was a planet of BS associated with this transfer would be an understatement. As we all know by now, word broke earlier this season of a 10m payment for “future considerations,” that became knows as putting La Neymarrrr on layaway. News began to break of a deal already done, and a 40m mutual penalty should either side have backed out of the deal.
Then today, it was crazy. Fathers storming off, accusing Santos of running auctions and not standing for it, Barça dealmakers “deciding” to hang around, rumored 100m bids from RM rolling in and then finally, a missive from Santos, saying that they had received two bids, ours and another team that eventually became known to be RM.
The father said that a decision was to come on Friday. Friday turned into Saturday. The player and his entourage arrived at the offices of Santos, to the awaiting fans and officials. They met. They emerged. Daddy Neymar said “No decision has been reached. We cannot decide in the heat of the moment.” So there ya go, as the saga dragged on and the crew left for home to make a decision that could take hours, or it could take days, said La Neymarrrr.
On Twitter, BarcaTheOffside said it was like someone took the Fabregas saga, compressed the time frame then decided to make it stupid.
Euler likened it to Japanese Noh theater, with masks, layered meanings and intent. Which is very true. You can only admire the entertainment, which is ultimately what it was. People mulled, fretted and worried, even as anyone with a shard of grounded sense knew that the deal, or at least a framework, had been in place for probably a year at least.
As it all came to a rather silly head late Friday night, jokes flew. Saturday came, and with it the revelation that everyone expected, which was the reason that our lawyer stayed, even after everyone in His entourage had left: La Neymarrrr went to Santos’ grounds not to make any sort of statement, but to sign the contract. And, after the real, actual announcement on Saturday evening, revealing the worst-kept secret that I can remember, Neymar is now officially a Barça player.
Terms are still shady, and will be for perpetuity. Most say we got him for less than 30m. Does that include the mystery 10m? Dunno. RoSELL does, and he isn’t saying. 5-year deal, with a contract in the 7m per annum range, putting him in that third tier of players, unless my memory fails me. Either way, if the number is in fact 30m, that is an exceptional bit of business by the club.
What made him decide to come to Barça? We might never know. Was it the opportunity to test himself against the greatest player ever? Probably, along with a lot of other stuff, such as possibility of starting soonest, and other factors.
And I laid claim to a bunch of nicknames on Twitter, from La Neymarrrr to Stepover and Peacock. Then somebody owned my ass with My Little Pony and I had to go sit in the corner, to mull how cruel Fate can be.
The RM bid rumor fluctuated between 35 and 65m, and who knows if it was even real, or just something pro forma that they put in so that they could tell their supporters “Hey, we tried.” Or maybe it was us, trolling the world so that we could make cules feel good by this bidding war being a Classic that we won, dammit. And the headlines can read, “Neymar chooses Barcelona over Real Madrid,” and cules can stick out their chests.
Or so a cynical old bastard might say.
At any rate, we have us a football player, for some amount of money more than a Euro, and less than 50 million Euros. What will it mean, how he will perform and what effect he will have on us moving forward, who knows. But there will be loads of speculation. Apparently the official deal will be announced on the first day of the transfer window, so until them, it will be unofficially official.
Details still to come, and will shake themselves out in the comments.