Barcelona forward Neymar has looked back on his 2013 arrival at the Camp Nou in an interview with the Brazilian TV show 'Caldeirao do Huck', admitting: "To begin with, I was embarrassed even to talk to my team-mates. They were idols, they were my idols, and I was the new arrival and was very young."
Neymar: "It was like I was in a video game"
The Brazil star went on: "When I went into that dressing room and looked around me, I had [Lionel] Messi to one side, and the likes of Xavi [Hernández], [Andrés] Iniesta, and [Gerard] Piqué to the other... It was like I was in a video game: I had only played with them on my console and suddenly they were next to me."
I'd be up for playing for Flamengo, says Brazilian
The 25-year-old also discussed the possibility of returning to Brazil before the end of his career, declaring that he'd be keen on turning out for Flamengo. "When I played against them [for Santos] at the Maracana, I was impressed by the passion and devotion of their fans," he explained. "They never stopped cheering their team on, even when they were losing to us; it was impressive."
Finally, Neymar touched on the pitfalls of fame, noting: "Friends and supposed cousins appear from out of the woodwork. It's tricky, but the people around me have helped me a lot, and I'm really grateful to them for that."