Before Neymar joined the Blaugrana, he was on the Merengue radar, and the latter endeavored to annex it until his visit to the Bernabeu at the age of thirteen. But why does the Brazilian international not join the team in the Spanish capital?In 2005, Neymar visited Madrid with his father, who is also his business manager, where he encountered the Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane phenomenon, and had lunch with Robinho.
Real Madrid wanted to join Neymar on the youth team, finding work for his father and a home for his family, and when he returned to Brazil, the question of his transfer to Real was almost settled.
However, the Santos team – which Neymar was playing – was not ready to allow their star to move to the Spanish capital, so the Brazilian team wanted to stay as long as possible and lead it to glory and to win titles.
“Real Madrid and Barcelona are two great teams, but the latter has always been in my heart.”
More than that, Santos launched a fundraising campaign to collect the value of Real’s offer for Neymar, and in a short time, the money was collected and Neymar stayed in Santos, following which he led the team to several local and continental titles.
Los Blancos did not surrender because it attempted to annex Neymar in 2009 and several months before joining Barça in 2013, but all of the “white” team’s attempts failed.
In a question, he was asked to clarify the reason why he preferred to play in Barcelona instead of Real Madrid, and his answer was: “Real Madrid and Barcelona are two great teams, but the latter has always been in my heart.”