Ronaldo and pals fail to convince Neymar to join squad


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Real Madrid players tried to persuade Neymar to play for squad but they all failed.

The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Marcelo were unsuccessful in their attempt to convince the Brazilian sensation to join the Spanish giants over Barcelona this summer.

“Ronaldo, Kaka, Marcelo… Lots of people said I should sign for Real,” Neymar told Marca on Sunday. “But, in the end, I made a decision, which I discussed a lot with my family, and I’m very happy with the path I’ve chosen to play in Europe.”

The 21-year-old Santos star opted to join the Catalan club over the capital-based Liga giant in May having chosen to listen to the advice of his family instead of his fellow players.

Neymar also reiterated his excitement at the move to Camp Nou, where he will try to adapt quickly, saying it would be a privilege to play alongside four-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi.

“I’ll try to adapt to my new team as soon as possible so I can play at my top level from the start,” Neymar said. “It’s an honour to be able to play with Messi. I’m very happy. It’s all very special.”

Neymar played in Brazil’s friendly with England on Sunday. The game ended in a 2-2 draw.

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