03 July 2015
Norberto Murara Neto has officially completed his move to Juventus, penning a four-year contract that keeps him with the club until 30 June 2019.
The Brazilian goalkeeper, 25, joins following four and a half seasons with Fiorentina where he displayed the credentials which have led the Bianconeri to recruit him as Gigi Buffon’s deputy.
Born on 19 July 1989, Neto’s career began at the Cruzeiro youth academy before he switched to the club that handed him his debut in professional football in 2009, Atletico Paranaense.
Two seasons and 36 championship appearances later, he was on the move again, swapping Brazil for Italy after Fiorentina came calling in January 2011.
The Brazilian’s first start for the Florence club was in a Coppa Italia triumph over Empoli in November 2011 and he would soon go on to stake his claim for a regular first team spot, becoming the Viola’s number one goalkeeper by the beginning of the 2013/14 campaign.
Last year saw Neto gain important European experience during Fiorentina’s run to the Europa League semi-finals, while he also on the radar of Brazil’s national coach Dunga, linking up with the squad for this summer’s Copa America finals in Chile after Diego Alves pulled out through injury.
Following 101 appearances in all competitions for Fiorentina, the shotstopper is now poised to embark on a new adventure with Juventus, where he will be working alongside the best in the business in Buffon.