Neymar’s tears were not enough to spare him the vitriol of Flamengo’s fans on Sunday.
The Brazil star played his last game for Santos at the weekend, after announcing that he would ink a deal to join Barcelona next season.
Neymar has long been expected to move to Europe, but Santos had hoped he would stay until after the World Cup next year.
Barca were desperate to sign the extravagantly talented 21-year-old sooner rather than later, so that the illusion of their invincibility could be restored somewhat at the end of a humbling season.
But it has not worked out as planned for either Barca or Neymar.
The Catalan club’s fans would almost rather have seen a world class central defender signed, before the most coveted attacker on the planet.
And Neymar himself would rather not have been subjected to jeers when he touched the ball, and cheers when he lost it, during his last game for Santos against Flamengo on Sunday.
Neymar cried before the game, as it dawned upon him that he would soon be leaving the club where he has become the top-scorer since global legend Pele.
He remains uncertain as to when he will be travelling to Spain, but his game time as a Santos player came to an end ingloriously, in yesterday’s 0-0 draw at Brasilia's Mané Garrincha National Stadium.
"It was an honour to have played for this marvellous team Santos. I am so happy I did," a teary-eyed Neymar said on Globo TV after the game.
"Every child has a dream, either to be a player, a dentist or a reporter. My dream was to become a professional athlete and I have achieved that. Today Barcelona is fulfilling my dream of going to a totally beautiful team.
“The Santos fans are the only ones who have always supported me. I can only thank them and say 'see you later', because I will be back one day."
The football world is now excited to see Neymar’s future partnership with Lionel Messi, and how he feeds off Barca’s midfielder icons, Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
And while the Barca faithful are salivating at the prospect of a goal deluge, their jitters will continue until their club splashes out on a top quality defender or two.