With all the hype surrounding Neymar for the past few seasons- the multitude of goals for Santos(many of them beautiful), the tricks and dribbles, the Brazil caps, the long courtship with Europe’s top clubs, and eventually his signing for Barcelona, it’s easy to forget he is only 21-years-old.
Fans and detractors alike have been clamouring for Neymar to leave Santos for years, so that he can strut his stuff on the highest stage, and prove that he is more than glamorous show pony.
But Neymar had it all in Brazil. He was the biggest star at his club, idolised by the supporters, paid more than any other Brazilian athlete in history, and happy in the warm embrace of his family and loved ones.
And so while leaving was the right thing for him to do, it was surely a wrench.
Now, having finally inked his long-expected deal with Barca, and having played his last match for Santos, the child Neymar has revealed himself.
He has admitted to a sense of fear ahead of the next chapter of his career, away from home, under a brighter spotlight, where failure will not be an option.
Asked about his feelings ahead of his big move to Barca, Neymar said: "What I feel are chills in my stomach."
It was a moment of honesty from Neymar, who has become accustomed to showing his bravado both on and off the pitch, and it came as critics suggest he is not even in the greatest of form.
Finding top form before his move to Barca is clearly pressing for Neymar, but so too is playing his best for Brazil.
He will be his country’s spearhead at the Confederations Cup next month, and he is determined to excel at that competition, so that he can move to Spain having led his country to glory in their pre-World Cup test run.
"Right now the focus is the Confederations Cup,” said Neymar.
"That's what's most important - winning Brazil that title."