By the stratospheric standards of FC Barcelona, this was a disappointing season: The Catalan powerhouse won only one trophy, the Spanish league title, and was demolished by Bayern in the Champions League semis. But Barça went a long way toward making amends last week (for itself and for La Liga, whose other power, Real Madrid, was upset by Dortmund) by landing the biggest transfer prize in world soccer: Neymar (left), the 21-year-old Brazilian forward who ended a two-year-long saga by announcing—on Instagram, no less—Barcelona as his destination in a $33 million deal, after spending the last five years at Santos.
Yet for all of Neymar's potential—he won the 2011 South American player of the year award and led Pelé's old club to the continental title—there remain doubts that he will dominate Europe like his new teammate, five-time world player of the year Lionel Messi. Neymar has yet to win anything important with the Brazilian national team, falling short at the '11 Copa América and the '12 Olympics, and it remains to be seen how his flashy game will translate to the physical Champions League. But there can be no debating: He's chosen a club that will give him the conditions to succeed at the highest level.