Neymar recorded 53 strikes in 83 caps for the Brazilian National Team. He also scored nearly 300 club-level goals.
According to former agent Wagner Ribeiro, Chelsea attempted to sign Neymar before Brazil joined Barcelona from Santos.
AS quotes Ribeiro as saying, “There were many calls for him. I received an official offer from Chelsea the day Neymar debuted with the Brazilian team in 2010. They made an offer, we studied it, but in the end we didn’t decide anything. On that occasion, we transferred it to Neymar’s father and the player himself.”
Spending four seasons with the Spanish giants ahead of Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar scored 136 goals in 224 Santos games before moving to Barca in 2013.
Chelsea had tried to sign South America in 2010, but the Blues were not in the favour, reports Riberio.
The future of Neymar is again the subject of much speculation, with both Barca and Real Madrid being linked to their services in the run-up to the 2020-21 campaign.