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Neymar refused to join Real Madrid, says ex-Santos president

Real Madrid made a better offer than Barcelona last year but Neymar was insistent upon joining the latter, according to former Santos president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro.

The forward made an €86.2 million move to Camp Nou last summer, ending a transfer saga which had lasted a few years and climaxed with Barca and their Clasico rivals vying for Neymar's signature.

But the former chief of the Brazilian side says Madrid's offer was irrelevant as the forward was always going to move to Camp Nou.

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