After tearing it up for Santos and the Brazilian national team, Neymar quickly became one of the hottest talents in world football and a long queue for his signature formed, and featured the very biggest clubs in the world.
Spanish rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid hardly conduct direct transfers, a situation that worsened after the messy switch of Luis Figo in 2000.
And Perez said it would have been a dream to bring Messi to the Santiago Bernabeu, had it not been for Barca's early recruitment of the Argentina star, who moved to Camp Nou as a 13-year-old.
"Neymar passed a medical with Madrid. I would have liked to have him, but we haven't contemplated it".
"We tried for him to come, but we saw at one point that it was not possible and we withdrew (from the deal)".
Madrid opted to buy Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur for a world record £86 million instead of Neymar.
Bale endured a tough campaign last season, a number of injuries restricting his involvement.
However, Perez said Real nearly completed a deal for the Brazilian but could not quite get it over the line.
"The only thing I can say is Cristiano Ronaldo is a Real Madrid player".
"It's no coincidence that he's in a very important tournament, the Confederations Cup".
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