Real Madrid passed up the chance to sign Barcelona striker Neymar for just €60,000, according to Spanish sports daily AS.

On 30 March 2006, Real Madrid registered a new player to their youth team - Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior.

The 14-year-old boy impressed during a two-week trial period at the club's Valdebebas training base, making his debut in the last game of the 2005/06 season alongside Dani Carvajal, Pablo Sarabia and Alex Fernandez but to name a few.

Neymar looked set to sign a professional contract with the Bernabeu outfit, only for a last-minute hiccup to put an end to the deal - something Madrid may well live to regret…

Barcelona's €57 million summer signing, who was the subject of a two-year tug of war between Spain's biggest clubs - would have cost a measly €60,000, but Madrid didn't think he was worth the money.

Despite showing massive potential, Real Madrid president Fernando Martin ignored the advice of then sporting director Ramon Martinez, who insisted Los Blancos should press ahead and sign the player.

Instead, Martin listened to CEO Carlos Martinez de Albornoz, who refused to meet Neymar's asking price and the Brazilian starlet walked away without a contract.

In a bizarre twist of fate, had Florentino Perez been at the Real Madrid helm for one month more - Martin took the reigns following Perez's abrupt departure - Neymar could have linked up with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale and could even of become a Real Madrid legend.

As it happens, Neymar is now playing alongside Lionel Messi at Barcelona and is set to be one of Madrid's bitter rivals for years to come.

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