The Brazilian diva asked for special boots ahead of a potential move to England last summer!
In February Barcelona will come to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City in the Champions League, but one of their star players could have been playing in Manchester for a few years – if it wasn’t for the English weather!
Last summer City made a last minute attempt to hijack Barcelona’s £71m move for Neymar – who was at Santos at the time.
According to the Daily Mirror, one of the reasons the 22-year-old chose to head to Spain was the muddy pitches in England.
The Brazil star wanted special boots to cope with waterlogged and muddy pitches, and Man City officials saw this as a sign that he wasn’t committed to a move, and would probably struggle in the winter weather in the Premier League.
His mazy dribbling style, honed on the hard surfaces and wooden futsal pitches of Brazil certainly wouldn’t have been well suited to winter conditions in England, even on the well-kempt pitches of the Premier League.
Neymar didn’t seem to have any problems at the Etihad last season, coming off the bench and playing 15 minutes as Barcelona strolled to a 2-0 victory following Martin Demichelis’ red card.
The Citizens’ first true was marquee signing of the current era was Robinho, who claimed at the time that he thought he was joining Manchester United.