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Nike Venom

Nike released these beauties last week, worn by Wayne Rooney and Neymar. The Nike HyperVenoms are a dynamic boot made for agility, and the ability to create space.

They have also created a buzz because of their striking look (get it: soccer, snake, venom … striking? Forget it).

More pictures are after the jump.

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Neymar has officially joined Barcelona. If you don’t believe us, check out Barca’s complete coverage of the day which includes everything Neymar did, ate and thought (telepathic coverage) during his big introduction.

Oh, yeah, above are Neymar’s first words as a Barca player. Surprisingly, they were not “MA-MA.”

 

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Neymar

Brazilian superstar Neymar announced that he has signed with Barcelona, joining forces with the premier club in the world and other superheroes like Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

This is turning out a lot like the plot of Avengers. World domination is sure to follow. Messi has already given his seal of approval on the deal and Barca confirmed it via Twitter.

Brazilian media is reporting that Barca will pay about 30 million euros ($38.8 million) for the 21-year-old former Santos star.

“I’m sad to be leaving Santos, but it’s a great honor to be signing with a club like Barcelona and to be able to play with some of the best players in the world,” Neymar said.

[ESPN FC]

 

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Messi Neymar

Amidst speculation that Neymar could join Barcelona, Lionel Messi has given his public endorsement saying that he would in fact welcome the addition of the Brazilian.

“For us he would be a marvelous addition,” Messi said. “He is the type of player who offers individual solutions different from the rest. He is a great player, who is very good in one-on-ones with opponents.”

Can you imagine Messi and Neymar on the same team? Unreal.

It was a great move by Messi to clear the air before a potential arrival as we’ve seen what can happen when things get awkward between teammates.

[ESPN FC]

 

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Jay-Z

Apparently, Beyonce and most of the free world just isn’t enough for Jay-Z … he wants Neymar, too.

Rumors are circulating that the rapper/mogul/icon (“he’s not a businessman, he’s a BUSINESS … man”) is courting Neymar to sign with his new¬†sports agency, Roc Nation Sports. Jay has already lured New York Yankees star Robinson Cano, and he’s BFFs with LeBron, so why not go for the Brazilian superstar?

Unsubstantiated reports also say he’s interested in bringing in Lucas and Leandro Damiao under his management. So, there’s that (cut to Jay-Z dropping the mic and walking off stage).

[101 Great Goals]

 

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Neymar

After constant crowd speculation of the 21-year-old leaving to Europe for Barcelona, Neymar made it known that he will be dazzling Santos fans at least until his contract is up after the 2014 Cup.

Neymar’s father revealed the following:

“He can choose some club in Europe, but we want him to see out his contract and if he happens to leave before that, it won’t be our choice. It will be Santos.”

And honestly, that doesn’t seem likely to happen as Santos and fans seem to be completely satisfied with their young goal scorer.

In the Brazil-Chile friendly, Neymar scored the tying goal in the newly renovated Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte. The game was a disappointment to most Brazilians, but Neymar continues to look on the bright side, defending the crowd and his country.

“One day you’re booed, the next you’re praised, football’s like that.”

[Soccer365]

 

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We all have seen Neymar dribble defenders and score goals, but yesterday Santos TV uploaded a video of Neymar trying to impress his teammates with his singing voice.
Neymar was lucky that he decided to go for a career in soccer and not music, after hearing this we can all agree that we would rather see him play soccer than hear him sing.

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I felt compelled to post this even though it’s a collection of 2012 Brazilian goals. That’s how good it is.

Ronaldinho’s No. 8 and No. 6 entries were good enough on their own and then things just went plain insane as Neymar and Jo added their highlights. This is worth a watch, this year or any other.

 

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What is it with “new” soccer kits. Designers will literally change the placement of one patch and call it a completely “new” look. We saw this with the New York Red Bulls and have seen it with countless other kit launches that pretty much repackage the same design and re-release it.

So with that rant out of the way, enjoy the ‘new’ Brazil home kit which Neymar trotted out during a special Nike event. WOW! WHAT A GAME-CHANGER! Wonder what inspired this NEW style???

 

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If you’re curious about the best soccer players to stalk on Instagram, wonder no more – Sports Illustrated has just figured it out for you. SI put out a list of the top 60 Athlete Instagram accounts. Interesting stuff.

Here’s how the soccer players ranked on the overall list:

12. Neymar

30. Kaka

43. Cristiano Ronaldo

53. Cesc Fabregas

59. Alex Morgan

60. Falcao

 

And if you’re so inclined, check us out on Instagram @TopDrawerSoccer.

 

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