Snapshot: Registration Documents Show Real Madrid Could Have Signed Neymar For Just €60,000 In 2006

Chris Wright

6th, September 2013


By Chris Wright

Spanish newspaper AS have uncovered a document that shows that a 14-year-old Neymar was actually registered with Real Madrid for a short period following a successful trial back at their Castilla academy back in March of 2006 and that the club passed up on signing him to a full contract as they deemed the €60,000 asking price too dear…


The story goes that Neymar had impressed all of Real Madrid’s scouts during his trial and technical secretary Ramon Martinez was pushing hard for the young Brazilian to be signed up, with all the necessary documentation to facilitate the move being completed.

However, the acquisition was waived by CEO Carlos Martinez de Albornoz, who wasn’t prepared to take responsibility for the decision to pay €60,000 for a 14-year-old boy and therefore refused to sign off the papers.

This of course being the same young man that Real Madrid have since spent the last two seasons desperately trying to sign for around 1,000x that amount before eventually watching on forlornly as he signed up with rivals Barcelona this summer.

Oops. Hindsight can be an utter swine sometimes!

(Via AS)

Posted in Barcelona, Newsnow, Real Madrid, South America, Transfers & Rumours

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  1. s says:

    I am confused, Milan or Madrid?

  2. Peters says:

    Harsh and Madrid did away with their “Zidane and Pavon” policy awhile ago.. who’s to say he would have ever made it close to the first team? Probably would have been loaned to Athetico or Valencia in the end

  3. usrick says:

    How could anyone reasonably expect a CEO to risk as much as 60,000 euros on a gifted but young player from far-off South America? Surely it was clear by 2006 that Barca had wasted the money they’d spent on wages, transfer fees and medications for that little Messi kid from Argentina. Whatever became of that kid anyway?

  4. TravisKOP says:

    ya but if he did go to madrid in 2006 who knows how good you would be now. i like to think his time in brazil has made him what he is now for a reason

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