Prior to his move from Santos to Barcelona in 2013, there was plenty of talk around Neymar potentially moving to Man City. The Brazilian winger became the talk of the town for several top clubs in Europe and the Cityzens were interested in bringing Neymar to England. However, Man City's hierarchy pulled out of the race to sign Neymar due to a bizarre request from the forward.
In the summer of 2013, Man City, who were trying to lure Neymar from his first club Santos, learned they stood no chance as the Brazilian believed specially tailored boots were required for muddy English pitches. At the time, Man City were prepared to bid for the star winger, who was linked with several European suitors. However, the Neymar clan recommended City that the striker would need new, customised football boots for helping him to play in the “English mud”.
Neymar wanted special boots to play for Man City when prospect of a move arose a couple of years ago. Now changing boots on side of pitch...— Mark Ogden (@MarkOgden_) February 24, 2015
Reports from the Telegraph then claimed that the senior management at City were 'shocked' by Neymar’s belief that English weather and pitches would require specially designed football studs as the normal footwear wouldn't sustain in the harsh climate of the UK. Manchester City then immediately withdrew from the race to sign the sensation, rather than giving in to his demands.
However, Man City later understood this to mean that Neymar had his heart set on signing for Barcelona, which he did in June of that year for a fee of around £71 million. Neymar eventually played in England a year later when Man City drew Barcelona in the UCL round of 16. The forward went on to win two LaLiga titles, three Spanish Cups and a Champions League during his four-year sojourn at the Camp Nou.
Neymar then joined PSG in a world-record deal worth £198 million in 2017. During his time at PSG, Neymar has won three Ligue 1 titles so far and helped the Parisians to their maiden UCL final last year. However, he was unable to guide them to this year's final as Pep Guardiola's Man City were able to beat the French giants over the two legs of their UCL semi-final tie.
PSG and Neymar will now focus on their domestic league. The Parisians are currently in second place on the Ligue 1 table, just a point behind league leaders Lille with three games remaining.