You can see it coming from a mile off. So how will Neymar’s move to Real Madrid go down?
The date is 21 July 2018.
Six days after guiding Brazil to World Cup glory Neymar signs for Real Madrid.
It’s been coming. Months of Instagram flirting and Twitter shade made it clear Neymar wasn’t happy in Paris.
In the end there’s only so many double hat-tricks you can score against Amiens. But what happens next?
Dani Alves goes with him
It’s a well known fact that Neymar won’t go anywhere without his trusty sidekick Alves.
The shops, the cinema, PSG, Madrid. Wherever Neymar goes Alves isn’t far behind.
Madrid aren’t concerned that having Alves and Marcelo at full-backs is the equivalent of opening up a motorway for opposition wingers to use.
Florentino Perez is just happy to get another one over on Barcelona.
Neymar turns head with his squad number choice
Plans are made to sell Luka Modric back to Spurs, thus freeing up the no.10 shirt for Neymar to wear.
But the move collapses over Mousa Dembele’s refusal to move to the Bernabeu, so Madrid are left with little Luka.
Not the worst problem in the world.
Neymar decides to take the no.100 shirt instead, with his justification being that he’s ten times the player Modric…