BARCELONA coach Tito Vilanova congratulated Brazil star Neymar (pictured) for choosing the "sporting option rather than the financial one" after agreeing to join the Spanish champions ahead of Real Madrid.
The Primera Division superpowers waged a long battle to secure the services of the 21-year-old striker, who revealed last night he had chosen to join Barca from Santos.
Speaking after his side's 2-0 win at Espanyol, Vilanova said: "I'd like to thank the club and the scouting staff who spotted the possibility of the fact this player would become a great one.
"I'd like to congratulate the player for picking the sporting option rather than the financial one – I'm sure there were other clubs who could offer him a lot more than we can."
Neymar, whose transfer fee has not been disclosed, will sign a five-year contract at the Nou Camp, with the player himself revealing this will likely be done in the next 24 hours.
Neymar broke down in tears as he lined up for his farewell game for Santos last night just hours after revealing his move.
He said: "It's a dream come true to be able to play for Barca. I thank God for making this possible."