Neymar Jr made a difficult but rational decision to leave one of the most successful and hugest Clubs in the world Barcelona.
A decision that the world didn’t expect and different analysts gave their various thoughts as to why the Brazilian wonder kid made what they in their own understanding deemed as stupid decision.
Immediately when the deal was officially completed and announced, Neymar made a 3 minutes and 8 seconds video thanking Barcelona and explaining why he decided to exit Barcelona.
Much as the club was his child hood dream, the 25-year-old said the life of an athlete is full of challenges. Some challenges are given to athletes as others are individual pursuits and others are fruits of each one’s decisions.
In other words to keep the candle burning in a players career Neymar thinks change is good. In his own words this is what he had to say;
“The life of an athlete is made of challenges, some are given to us whereas others are fruits of our own decisions. To keep the light that illuminates our career which is intense, but short.”
The former Barca forward also admitted playing for Barcelona was beyond a challenge because it was a dream.
“…the Barcelona was much more than a challenge, it was the dream of a child who played with those stars through the video game. I arrived at Catalonia when I was 21 years old, filled with Challenges. I can still remember my first days in the club, sharing the changing room with idols like Messi, Valdes, Pique, Busquets, and many others. Waiting my turn to play in a club that’s “mes que un club” The Barcelona is a nation that represents Catalonia.”
Neymar additionally agreed that it was his second time of disagreeing with his father however the Senior Neymar just like any good father accepted, blessed and wished his son well.
FULL TRANSCRIPTION OF NEYMAR JUNIORS GOOD BYE VIDEO CLIP
“I had the honor of playing with the best athlete I’ve ever seen in my life and I’m sure that I will never see another one like him while I’m alive. Leo became my friend in and out of the pitch. I was an honor to play with you. I made a trio with Messi and Suarez that made history. Conquered everything an athlete can conquer lived unforgettable moments! Lived in a city that’s more than a city, it’s a homeland. I love Barcelona and I love Catalonia. But an athlete especially like me needs challenges. For the 2nd time in my life, I’ll contradict my father. Father, I understand and respect your Opinion, but my decision is made and I ask you to support me as you always do. So, go with God and be happy, ok son. But run! Kiss, I’m running up here with you. The Barcelona and Catalonia will always be in my heart, but I need new challenges. I accepted PSG’s proposition to try new achievements and help the club win the titles that their crowds wants. They showed me a daring career plan and I feel ready to take in this challenge. I thank the wonderful blaugrana crowd and everything learned with the great athletes that I had the chance to share the dressing room. And everything learned with the great athletes that I had the chance to share the dressing room. Now i feel in my heart that it’s time to leave. The PSG will be my home for the next years and I will work hard to honor all of the trust placed in my football. I’m counting on the support of all of you who’s been with me since 2009. Fans, friends, professionals who are with me and my family, who suffered a lot with some problems that took place during that period in my career. Today you deserve peace. It’s a very hard decision, but I made it with the maturity I accumulated throughout those 25 years. Barcelona, gracies per tot! Paris, J’arrive!! May God bless and protect us.”