​Former Real Madrid left back Roberto Carlos has claimed that his Brazilian compatriot Neymar could sign for the Madrid side one day.

The 42-year-old had a glittering career at the Bernabeu, winning La Liga four times, the Intercontinental Cup - now the FIFA World Club Cup -  twice, the Spanish Supercup three times, and the UEFA Champions League three times - in 1998, 2000 and 2002. 

Now player-manager of the Delhi Dynamos in the Indian Super League, the 125 time capped Brazilian international had a keen eye on proceedings at the Ballon d'Or, where Brazil captain Neymar came third behind Cristiano Ronaldo and winner Lionel Messi.

Speaking to Punto Pelota as reported by ​ESPN, Roberto Carlos claimed that Neymar has every chance of winning the award at some stage in his career as he is still very young, and could do so wearing the colours of Real Madrid.

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"Neymar is very young," Roberto Carlos said. "I am sure next year he will finish even higher in the Ballon d'Or.

"I can see one day Neymar coming to Real Madrid."

By doing so, Neymar would follow in the footsteps of Portuguese winger Luis Figo, whose Barcelona buyout clause was activated by Real Madrid in 2000, sparking outrage in Catalonia but jubilation in central Madrid as Figo became integral to Real's side, and was part of the 2002 Champions League winning team.


Another member of that 2002 triumph at Hampden Park where Madrid defeated Bayer Leverkusen 2-1, was current Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, who famously scored an outrageous volley from outside the area - set up by Roberto Carlos.

And despite being in India, Zidane sought out his former team-mate to ask him to join his backroom staff, to which Roberto Carlos is still deliberating.

"I had a meeting with Real Madrid about my future with the club," Roberto Carlos stated. "Soon we will know how to collaborate with Zidane's Madrid."