BARCELONA, Spain -- Neymar became the eighth most expensive signing in football history by moving to Barcelona in a deal worth 57 million euros on Monday, uniting the Brazil star with Lionel Messi in a formidable attacking partnership. Baratas Nike Roshe Cortez NM SP Blanco/Varsity Rojas/Game Royal . Neymar signed a five-year contract with club president Sandro Rosell after choosing Barcelona over Real Madrid in an intense two-year bidding war between the fierce Spanish rivals. Barcelona vice-president Josep Bartomeu revealed the club had expected to pay about 40 million euros, but that "the interference of other clubs" inflated the price, an allusion to Madrid. Only Cristiano Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Kaka, Luis Figo, Hulk and Fernando Torres have cost a club more than Neymar. Barcelonas previous most expensive transfer was when it paid 45 million euros (then $64 million) to Inter Milan for Ibrahimovic in 2009 plus sent striker Samuel Etoo the other way. Neymar, whose contract includes a buyout clause worth (euro)190 million ($249 million), laughed shyly when asked if he was worth the price paid for him. "No, but I am very grateful that Barcelona did what it had to do complete my childhood, to be with my idols," he said. Formalities done after signing his contract, the 21-year-old striker jogged onto the Camp Nou pitch for the first time in his new Barcelona kit bearing the name "Neymar Jr" on the back. "I am very happy, very moved to be a Barcelona player and fulfil my dream," Neymar told the 56,500 fans who turned out to welcome him. Neymar quickly made it clear that he knows that he will have to play second fiddle to Messi. "I want to help the team," he said. "I have come to add my part so that Lionel Messi continues to be the best player in the world." Neymars flight from Brazil arrived an hour behind schedule at about 1 p.m. local time. Decked out in black with sunglasses and a baseball cap, he took a chartered bus straight to Camp Nou and had his first photograph taken in front of the blue-and-burgundy club insignia. During the traditional thumbs-up welcome shoot Neymar stepped forward and waved over the mob of photographers to the hundreds of fans who had gathered wearing Brazil and Barcelona jerseys and chanting his name. He was then rushed through two medical tests and back to the office to sign the deal. Neymar later told a packed press hall that he had "followed his heart" when he opted to come to Barcelona and play alongside not only Messi, but the rest of Barcelonas playmakers. "Im very excited to have the chance to play with all these great players that I have admired since I was a child: Messi, Xavi (Hernandez), (Andres) Iniesta," he said. "Its a great opportunity for me to learn and evolve." Even before making it official, Neymars new teammates had given him their vote of confidence. Earlier Monday, Iniesta said he expects Neymar to become even better when paired in attack with Messi, the four-time world player of the year. "He is coming to the best possible place for him," Iniesta said. "Let him do what he does best, that is enough. It is great news that we can count on him. Surrounded by the people he will have here, he will get better and better. "Great players always understand one another. Leo will be make Neymar better, and Neymar will make Leo better." Dani Alves, whom Neymar said played a key role in persuading him to come to Barcelona, recalled the long line of Brazilian forwards who have triumphed at Barcelona, including Romario, Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho. "He will give us a Brazilian touch," countryman Dani Alves said of Neymar. "The others left their mark. I am sure he will, too." Neymar flew to the Mediterranean city on a private jet with a small entourage, including his father Neymar Silva Santos, that left Rio de Janeiro after the national sides 2-2 draw with England on Sunday. He will return to his home country for the upcoming Confederations Cup, which Brazil is hosting in preparation for the 2014 World Cup. Neymar led Santos on its greatest run since Pele stopped playing for the Brazilian club in the 1970s. He helped Santos win the 2010 Brazilian Cup, the 2011 Copa Libertadores and three straight Sao Paulo state championships, becoming the teams leading scorer in the post-Pele era with 138 goals in 230 matches. Nike Cortez Ultra Moire Negro/Negro-Blanco . Nine days before the opening ceremony, organizing committee chief Dmitry Chernyshenko said Wednesday that Sochi is "fully ready" and will deliver safe, friendly and well-run games that defy the grim reports that have overshadowed preparations. Hombre COMME des GARÇONS Nike Vapormax Negro+Antracita . 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The Islanders return home to open a brief two-game homestand.The Flames already ensured themselves of at least a .500 trip (3-2-0). They enter play Monday two points behind the Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars in the race for the final Western Conference wild-card berth.Its a disappointing loss, but we have back-to-back games and weve got to finish this trip off on the right note, Flames defenseman Mark Giordano said Sunday night. If we win (Monday), its a 4-2 trip, and thats a good trip.The Flames (10-13-1) should have some added motivation after giving up three unanswered goals in the second period Sunday night as the Flyers turned a tie game into a rout.I was very disappointed with our guys after the first, Flames coach Glen Gulutzan said. I let them know that and it didnt get any better in the second. Theres no system for being outworked.If there were, perhaps Islanders coach Jack Capuano would feel better about his teams fortunes. New York, which reached the second round of the playoffs last spring for the first time since 1993, enters Monday with a 6-10-4 record. The Islanders have the fewest wins and points (16) in the NHL.Eight of the Islanders losses were by one goal. New York allowed the go-aahead goal in the final three minutes of the third period five times, including Friday, when the Islanders tied the score with 57. Zapatillas Nike Shox Nz Mujer. 2 seconds remaining, only to give up the winning goal to the Sharks with 22.5 seconds to play.Its just mind-boggling, Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. We played one of the best games weve played. We came in here against San Jose -- Stanley Cup finalists -- (and we) dominate the third period. No puck luck right now. There is no explanation.Also a fact for the Islanders: They are all but buried in the playoff race already. New York is a whopping nine points behind the New Jersey Devils in the race for the final Eastern Conference wild-card spot.The goalie matchup Monday likely will pit the Islanders No. 1 netminder, Jaroslav Halak, against Flames backup Brian Elliott.Halak didnt play Friday but started eight of the Islanders first 10 games in November. He is 8-5-1 in his career against the Flames. He stopped 31 of 32 shots to earn the win the last time the two teams played on Feb. 25, when New York captured a 2-1 victory at Calgary.Elliott lost his job to the surging Chad Johnson, who took the defeat Sunday to fall to 6-3-0 this month. A start Monday would be just the sixth in November for Elliott, who is 4-1-3 in nine career appearances against the Islanders. He last faced New York while playing for the St. Louis Blues on Dec. 4, 2015, when he stopped 24 of 25 shots but took the loss in the shootout as the Blues fell 2-1. 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