When he arrived on world football, Neymar Jr. was the hottest property. Los Blancos lost to Barcelona eventually but have been splashing the cash to rectify this mistake.
Lionel Messi will probably go down as one of the best if not the best of his generation. A certain Cristiano Ronaldo stands in the debate for this prized mantle. While the top slots are debatable, it cannot be argued that Neymar Jr. stands behind these giants as the third best player.
His array of tricks at his disposal, coupled with his goal scoring exploits make him a delight to watch.
Neymar to Santiago Bernabeu
The Brazilian international has entertained Santos, Barcelona and PSG fans. And Real Madrid want some of that love. Ever since the 27-year-old joined the Parisians, Florentino Perez has been gunning to secure his service for Madrid.
And the Bernabeu faithful want it as well, despite the player adorning the colors of fierce rivals Barcelona. Prizing Neymar away from France has proved to be difficult and Madrid have been busy with plan B since last year.
The next best thing
Vinicius Junior’s was secured from Flamengo in May 2017 and the teenager joined Real Madrid’s ranks a year later. Los Blancos would pay 46 million Euros for a player with less than two years of experience under his belt.
A year later, the same trick will be applied. In the summer Vinicius made his way to the Bernabeu, Madrid signed the deal to bring Rodrygo Goes from Santos.
The teenager will join for 45 million Euros. A combined 91 million Euros spent to get their hands on the new Neymar.
While the duo have been hailed as the new coming of the prolific Brazilian, they have a long way to become the third best player on this planet or even emulate his heroics in three countries.
Neymar earned his spurs on the field. He was always hailed for his potential but did not make the trip across the Atlantic at a young age.
A Copa Libertadores win with Santos and World Club World loss to Barcelona had to happen before Neymar would leave Brazil.
And in the process of not repeating that mistake, they are splashing the cash on unproven candidates. Vinicius and Rodrygo have impressed but not regularly.
They have the spark but lack experience. For a team with a win first mentality, it will be some time before the duo make a name for themselves. But can they handle the pressure under which many greats have floundered.
Real Madrid had the chance to secure Neymar Jr.’s services when they brought Robinho to the Spanish capital. They didn’t and were made to rue their mistake. And as it stands, the current philosophy is flawed.