Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez has revealed Neymar nearly joined the club ahead of Barcelona.
The Brazilian superstar completed a €60m move to the Nou Camp in 2013 from Santos.
Real had been interested before that but Barca pipped their fierce rivals to his signature.
“Neymar passed a medical with Madrid. We tried for him to come,” he told Onda Cero.
“But we saw at one point that it wasn’t possible and we pulled out.”