The turning point of Neymar life was Pele telling to snub Chelsea
On August 23, 2010 the headline of newspapers and Santo’s official statement was “Neymar said yes”,that was the turning point of Neymar life. During the last days, the boy, 18, heard from all sides, demands that remain in Brazil, in order to mature, become a more complete player and only then venture into European football. The attacker and his representative/agent asked Chelsea to wait at least until the end of the Libertadores Cup 2011. Thanks also the efforts of the Fish leaders, who hit his foot and did not trade the player. The English club if want in any case, would have to pay a fine of 35 million euros (US $ 79 million). What did not happen and proved turning point of Neymar life.
The agreement was confirmed on Thursday, at a meeting between the player, his agent, Wagner Ribeiro, and the president of Santos, Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro. The signing of the new contract, details of which will be announced by the chief, at a news conference later on Thursday, occurred around 17h, in São Paulo. However, the “get” Neymar was sealed when one Tuesday 23 august 2010, at the meeting where the fish presented the career project for the boy. On Thursday, the president of Chelsea, Bruce Buck was in São Paulo. He came to watch the final of the Libertadores Cup and to try to take the boy, but the board of Fish pitched a war strategy to ‘hide’ the boy and make him sign the new contract before they talked to the American who manages the club European.
At first, the father of Neymar, and the player’s agent, Wagner Ribeiro, pushed for the transfer. They said it could be risky to wait, because they believed that there was a possibility, proposal the boy received the British would not be repeated in the future. This could have proved turning point of Neymar life However, the rhetoric of Santos president Luis Alvaro Oliveira Ribeiro, and its employees, convinced the representatives of Neymar, who failed to push the envelope.
Neymar earned a salary equivalent to that Chelsea offered. Payment would be made in partnership with investors, as has happened with Robinho. The Fish will continue paying the cream of the club, US $ 160,000, an amount that the player already was receiving. Our dream is that to compete the World Cup as players of Santos – said Santos president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro.
Chelsea had made an offer of mass transfer. In the midst of the conversation, the president turned off the lights( which proved a turning point to Neymar life) and pointed to an empty chair. ‘This is the home of big national sporting hero. Since the death of Ayrton Senna, this chair is empty. If Neymar Jr. remains in Santos and reject the proposal of Chelsea, who will take his first step to sit in this chair. “It made Neymar and his father think. That decision would be a turning point to Neymar life a thought resonated in their minds.
Turning point to Neymar life was greatly a result of call from legend Pele.“Even Pele called me. Can you imagine how I felt important? The King of Soccer called and asked me to stay. He reminded his career in the Santos, his five world titles with the national team and the club, and all the recognition he received. It was not easy, but it was the right decision for us. We did the right thing for our family, friends and career” said Neymar.