Former Santos president Marcelo Teixeira has revealed that it was he who stopped Neymar from joining Real Madrid in 2006. The Brazilian had a trial with the Merengues at the time and was offered a contract to join the Blancos.
However, in the end, Neymar ended up staying at Santos and then later moved to Barcelona in 2013, much to the exasperation of the Galacticos. Now, Teixeira has shed some more light on the events that took place in 2006.
According to him, Neymar was “blown away” with the offer of the Merengues. However, Teixeira then offered him a big-money contract, which Neymar accepted.
"He 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,” he told AS.
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Teixeira then went on to state that the Santos board though he was out of his mind but he knew that it was necessary to keep Neymar due to his insane talent and that is exactly what he did.
“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."