Real Madrid rejected to buy Neymar in 2006?


There have been many examples in the past of players making super-stardom and team after team cursing their luck after refusing them as a teen for a pittance. One of the most famous was when Sheffield United baulked at the £200,000 asking price for Diego Maradona (how the football landscape could have been so different).

Above is the registration document from Neymar’s 2005 trial with Real Madrid. He hugely impressed at the time but Real Madrid’s sporting director Carlos Martinez de Albornoz later saw 60,000 euros as too much to pay for a 14-year old. It seems it would have been a worthwhile investment after all.

Via (101greatgoals and AS.com)


I know you’re all worried sick that with the club season being over, you’re staring at a long summer devoid of daily golazos. But fear not, lads! The European Under-21 Championship is here to pick up the slack!

In the opening game between Italy and England, Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne kicked off the competition in style, scoring this beautiful free kick for the match winner. Hopefully, the first of many fine goals we’ll see from the prestigious “youth” tournament that in 2011 gave birth to household names such as Juan Mata, Christian Eriksen, Javi Martinez and Daniel Sturridge.