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Real Madrid offered around €150-160m for Neymar in 2013, claims former Barcelona scout

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With the hearing against Neymar and his camp and former Barcelona presidents Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu underway, more and more details about his transfer to Camp Nou in 2013 are starting to emerge.

DIS have filed a complaint against the aforementioned parties, accusing them of committing irregularities in the transfer fee. They had owned 40% of the Brazilian superstar’s rights at the time of his move from Santos FC to Barça.

The hearing started on Monday in Barcelona’s court and earlier today, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez was also called to provide evidence, as Los Blancos were also interested in Neymar at the time.

The Merengues’ supremo claimed that the club did hold an interest in the current PSG superstar, but the only offer that they made was in 2011 and was around €45 million.

However, during the same hearing, Andre Cury, a former Barcelona scout for the South American region, is now claiming that Real Madrid had offered as much as €150-160 million for Neymar in 2013, right before his move to Camp Nou.

“In 2013, Real Madrid offered between €150 million and €160 million for Neymar. He could have played for another club if he had wanted,” Cury, who claims to have recommended Neymar to Rosell in 2010, stated (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

These claims completely contradict what Perez had claimed earlier in the hearing. Ultimately, though, whatever Real Madrid offered, it did not amount to anything as Neymar had his heart set on a move to Barcelona, as he admitted earlier today.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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