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Neymar explains his decision to leave Santos for Barcelona

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Brazil international Neymar has explained why he left Santos to join Barcelona.

The 22 year-old, who is believed to have cost Barça around €87.2 million, insists he didn’t move to Europe for the money, but rather to win the Champions League and develop as a player.

“It wasn't just about the money, that's not why I left,” he said, as reported by Football Espana. “I wanted to live a dream, play other competitions, play the Champions League, grow, evolve, learn another language, that's what motivated me to come to the European continent.”

Neymar has enjoyed a mixed first season with Barcelona. He has scored nine goals in 25 appearances in La Liga, but has sometimes struggled for consistency.

 

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