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Revealed: The Shock Team That Rejected Neymar

Revealed: The Shock Team That Rejected Neymar

By Kurt Buckerfield - Feb 09, 2018 08:29 AM @KurtLaduma

Although Neymar's rise to the top was inevitable, his path could have been a lot different had this surprise club not rejected him when he was a teenager 10 years ago.

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The Brazilian superstar turned heads for Santos as a teenager before eventually joining FC Barcelona, but his career might have looked a lot different if Lokomotiv Moscow had signed him in 2008.

Nikolai Naumov, the Russian club's former president, has admitted the now Paris Saint-Germain superstar was turned away by Lokomotiv a decade ago due to his age and inexperience.  

"We thought about whether or not it was worth buying Neymar," he told Sport-Express.

"We wanted to buy him. Our scouts watched the Brazilian.

"There were quite big doubts. First, he was too young. Second, it was unclear how he'd adapt to Russia... so we decided against getting him.

"It would have been around €10 million, probably. You understand, paying so much for a youngster from another continent... you have to be careful with this sort of thing.

Neymar made his debut for Santos a year after his failed move to Russia, and moved to Barcelona four years later.

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The 26-year-old is now the most expensive player in the history of the sport, and is currently in the best form of his career in France.

Do you think Neymar is currently the best player in the world? Let us know in the comments section below.  


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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Feb 09, 2018 05:12 PM
tso vilakazi,clement mazibuko,manyathela and old john mabizela were rejected by chiefs!can u believ it!!
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Mentashe Feb 09, 2018 02:54 PM
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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Feb 09, 2018 02:19 PM
zlatan&yeye trouser were rejected by Arsen wenger
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No badges available Feb 09, 2018 02:08 PM
Currently Neymar z a lovely player in da world while Messi z the best player in da world.But if people can watch Barcelona during those days,they will see clearly dat Neymar helped Messi to Shine.Neymar did everything for Messi so He was the best even under messi's shadow
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No badges available Feb 09, 2018 12:34 PM
If Neymar was best,then he could have overshadowed Messi while playing alongside him.Now he is on the lime light because he has gone to q team where there are no stars.Play him along Messi and you will see the fame becoming second best again
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Dangerous when provoked Feb 09, 2018 12:10 PM
Same case with Billiat. He was offered for free when Chiefs bought Musona but he was rejected for the same reasons. He still looks small bodywise but has football brains. That is why you see him doing like Klate, falling from a very slight push.Maybe the " buy one get one free" came into being.
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shadae Feb 09, 2018 11:44 AM
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tsheplas Feb 09, 2018 11:35 AM
Lm10 the current besy player in the world!
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Faysal Feb 09, 2018 09:19 AM
It was wise decision you never know how things may turned
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Happysnr Feb 09, 2018 08:58 AM
Indeed his the best in this world

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