Neymar explains why he didn't stay at Real Madrid after trial

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Neymar is now so synonymous with Barcelona it has become easy to forget just how close he was to becoming a Real Madrid player.

So far, not much has been revealed about the Barcelona star's trial at the Bernabeu when he was aged just 13, back in 2005.

However, Neymar himself has shed some light on the events that took place 11 years ago and explained exactly why he isn't wearing the Los Blancos' famous white kit today.

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The 24-year-old, who is currently competing for the host nation Brazil at the Olympics told L'Equipe what put him off staying in Spain.

Neymar said: "I was 13, it was the first time I came to Europe. At that time, I did not feel comfortable, I did not see myself happy and able to stay away from Brazil so young.

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"I did not feel it and I was not in a hurry - there was no emergency. The priority was that I was happy, that I become a professional footballer and then I could come to play in Europe."

It is impossible to accurately speculate where Neymar would be right now had he extended his association beyond that initial trial, however, his career path since making that decision suggests he does not regret returning to his native Brazil.

The forward continued to learn his craft with Santos, scoring 70 goals from 134 games, before Barcelona came calling in 2013.


By that point, Neymar had already broken into the national team and a switch to Europe appeared to be the next natural step in his journey to stardom.

Real Madrid fans must now be wishing Neymar had chosen to stick it out in the Spanish capital. A frontline of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Neymar would be an equally, if not more, deadly combination to Barcelona's current 'MSN' strikeforce, but we won't open that can of worms.

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