Neymar's bizarre reason for turning down Manchester City
Before Neymar signed for Barcelona, Manchester City tried hard to get him.
Manchester City were drawn against Barcelona in the 2nd round of the Champions League.
With news of the draw, a story has come to light about what happened in the negotiations between Manchester City and Neymar when he was still with Santos.
Neymar was being chased by all the top clubs in Europe and Manchester City tried hard to get their man, but it became evident in negotiations with the Neymar camp that he probably wasn't the right choice.
He insisted that he had 'special boots' made for him to deal with the English pitches and their muddiness. City obviously replied with 'Eh...what?'
Neymar had obviously been brought up on a diet of English football from the 70s when pitches were nothing more than cabbage patches, men were savages and it was perfectly acceptable to wear flared jeans with tartan trimmings.
City took this as a clear sign that Neymar had no intention of moving to England and ceased negotiations there and then.
Hat-tip to The Guardian.