According to the former Santos president, Neymar could have been a Real Madrid player from the beginning if it wasn’t for him.
Former Santos president,Marcelo Teixeira, has told sports outlet AS, about how he blocked a Neymar move from Santos to Real Madrid.
He says the block took place when the player was 14 years old.
When asked why Neymar didn’t go to Madrid in 2006, he said:
“Neymar was blown away by the ‘galácticos’, but in time we were able to get hold of his father and make him an offer that earned him a million dollars.”
“He quickly accepted.”
“My whole board of directors told me I was out of my mind, but we all knew Neymar was something special.”
“Keeping him was essential to Santos, and to what the side went on to achieve with him at the centre of it.”
“It was a difficult decision that I had to make on my own, but it was what had to be done at that moment in time.”
He goes on to take all the credit for him not going there in the first place, he said:
“Well, if he didn’t end up going there before it’s because I prevented it from happening, by taking the steps that I’ve told you about.”
When asked about the current transfer dilemma the plyer is involved in, he said:
“Neymar is one of the best players in the world.”
“If you look at his individual quality, I think he’s got it in him to rival even [Lionel] Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.”
“I’m confident we’ll see that happen.”
“He’s well advised by his representatives, so far be it for me to tell him what to do.”
“[But] my advice to him would be to play football and demonstrate the unique abilities that he possesses, which are the product of hard work and dedication, or course, but most of all God-given talent.”
He was very non-committal when asked about his likely destination, he went on to say:
“Any team in world football that Neymar decides to join will be getting a top professional who will make the difference out on the pitch.”
“We’ll see whether or not he ends up at Madrid; as I say, he’s a player who’d make a difference to any side.”