Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Why Neymar was right to leave stagnant Santos

This weekend's Brasileirão match between Santos and Flamengo was notable only for the circumstances of the game. Firstly, it was the first Série A game to be staged at the shiny new Estádio Mané Garrincha, one of Brazil's World Cup stadiums. Secondly, and even more historically, it was Neymar's last club game in Brazil (for now at least).

The match itself provided a convincing argument (albeit only in microcosm) for the view that Neymar was right to seek pastures new this summer. In my first article for WhoScored, I argue that Santos' over-reliance on Neymar was harming his development, and take a look at what the future may hold for the Peixe without their boy wonder. You can read the piece here.

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