The reports and speculations of such a ghastly/ brave act – depending on the perspective – seem to have died down with time, with father of the Brazilian captain hitting out the claims as rumours.
But, reports of a willing Madrid president Florentino Perez ready to open his exchequer to acquire one of the hottest talents, who is sure to become the number one player soon, are still fresh and doing the overtime in circulation.
The chances of Neymar moving to Madrid are pretty bleak, but never say never in football, where magic still do happen. It’s reported that Perez is ready to dole out once again, in fact, to burn the money to get Neymar. And the Spanish businessman-cum-politician-cum-engineer is ready to pay 190 million euros to activate the former Santos players’ buy-out clause at Camp Nou.
If such a scenario develops, even Barelcona will be happy to let their star go. Yes, the Catalans will still have Lionel Messi — who recently pledged his loyalty to the club, and Luis Suarez.
On the other side, the arrival of Neymar, if at all that happens, will mean a restructuring of the team. With their new manager Zinedine Zidane, himself being once a flambouyant player with natural talent, Neymar will become the soul of the team.
That will certainly put an end to the BBC of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, like Barca’s trident.