Neymar is relishing his move to Barcelona after putting pen to paper on a five-year deal with the Spanish Liga champions.
The Brazilian striker completed a protracted transfer saga when he chose Barcelona over Real Madrid on the weekend and the 21 year old can’t wait to get started for his new club.
“I have butterflies in my stomach, this is a dream come true,” he said. “I still feel it but I’ll be fulfilling my dream of playing with great players like Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Dani Alves and others.”
Neymar bid an emotional farewell to his boyhood club Santos on Monday in the 0-0 draw with Flamengo, shedding some tears during the national anthem moments before kick off.
Neymar admitted that leaving the club he has called home for nine years will be difficult but revealed that he is ready for his new European adventure.
“It was a tough decision but I decided together with my family,” he revealed. “They helped me out amazingly. It’s a dream come true, I’m very happy.
“At the same time it’s sad because I am leaving a team that I also love. I’m ready to seize the moment.”
It is not yet known when Neymar will leave for Barcelona but it’s likely he’ll wait until the end of the Confederations Cup, which is to be held in Brazil from June 15-30.
Neymar is expected to play a starring role for Brazil as the national team looks to win the tournament for a third consecutive time.
The youngster is excited to start his career overseas but stated that he is focused on helping Brazil defend the title in two weeks.
“I’m very eager to get there but now I have to concentrate on the Confederations Cup and lead Brazil to the top.”
Neymar will be keen to showcase his talents during the competition and prove to the world why Barcelona fought so hard to secure his services.