They weren’t going to let it happen again.
After losing out on the signing of Neymar to arch rivals Barcelona back in 2013, Real Madrid have reportedly moved quickly to clinch a deal to sign Brazil’s next big thing.
His name is Vinicius Junior – and he’s still just 16-years-old.
Brazilian newspaper Globoesporte are claiming Real are finalising negotiations over a whopping €45m deal to sign the exciting Flamengo forward when he turns 18.
That means he will officially become a Los Blancos player after the next World Cup in time for the 2018/19 season, coinciding with the time many expect Cristiano Ronaldo to move on from the club.
Barca are also interested in the player and had offered €25m to Flamengo but with slightly less wages, with Real in contrast ready to offer him an incredible €8m a season.
The reports in Brazil even believe Neymar was deployed by Barca to convince Vinicius Junior to choose the Nou Camp, but to no avail.
The teenager first really caught the eye of the European heavyweights after his performances at the South American Under-17 Championship this year in Chile.
Vinicius Junior was the standout performer, winning the award for the tournament’s best player and leading Brazil to glory with seven goals.
His international coach Carlos Amadeu believes he has all the credentials to make it to the very top.
“Vinicius has everything to become a top-quality player, to move up to the senior Brazil squad and play for the biggest clubs around the world,” he said.
“If he remains focused on his goals, he has all the tools. He has a lot of technical qualities and is showing a cool head in amongst all the glamor that is currently surrounding him.
“He has remained balanced, and if he stays like that he can reach the top.”