Bad news for Orlando City fans throughout the planet. The previously reported Neymar deal has fallen through. The press conference scheduled for this Saturday at the Lake Eola Bowl to announce the transfer of Neymar to Orlando from Barcelona has been cancelled. Neymar secretly flew into OIA on Monday, November 30th where he was picked up by team administrator and former OCSC stud Erik Ustruck to meet the front office, tour our facilities and make a quick publicity stop at Walt Disney World.
During the tour, Inchy and Neymar formally met for the first time. It was reported to us by friend of the ILF and assistant coach for Orlando City Ian Fuller, that Adrian Heath hinted to Neymar he might have to play behind Cyle Larin at the start of the season. Heath is high on Larin after his rookie of the year campaign and not willing to bench Cyle even for a world class footballer like Neymar.
The Brazilian international did not take well to this news as this compounded to his doubts of coming to America as he learned that the American tax code is more difficult to get around than he initially thought. Neymar is not keen on paying the tax man just like his idol Willie Nelson.
We have heard from anonymous sources within our front office that while disappointed, Phil Rawlins, Flavio Da Silva, Paul McDonough and Alex Wolf are happy with the prospects of Cyle Larin being our unquestioned number one striker going into 2016.
Happy trails Neymar. Best of luck with the Catalans in La Liga and the Champions League. Should you ever choose to change your mind and earn your playing time behind Cyle Larin, you will have a home here in Orlando anytime.