Brazilians had started using the phrase "Neymarketing" to refer to the way the brilliance of the young man's football had been yoked on to a cultivated stardom, with lucrative corporate endorsements and sponsorships.
The Real Madrid side are not used to being in this position.
Marcelo believes Brazil teammate Neymar will one day join Real Madrid.
Neymar combined brilliantly with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi at Barcelona.
Perhaps the biggest talking point is how out-of-form Real are, with Los Blancos trailing arch-rivals Barcelona by a whopping 17 points domestically.
Perez will acknowledge that Madrid and Barcelona had the right instincts about Neymar's potential when they battled over the prodigy. He helped his side retain the Champions League by scoring crucial hat-tricks against Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid as well as a brace in the final against Juventus. "Everyone has to give a little but more, Karim like everyone".
Neymar has been heavily linked with a controversial move to the Spanish capital since his £198million PSG transfer.
PSG and Madrid met in the group stage of the Champions League in 2015, with Madrid winning 1-0 at home and the teams drawing 0-0 in Paris. 18 in 18 in Ligue 1, he also has six in six in the Champions League. A flawless start? Not quite.
Layvin Kurzawa and Edinson Cavani both missed the win over Toulouse but they are both likely to return for the French giants. As for Benzema, boos and whistles have only increased for the Frenchman, who has missed a number of easy chances.
Neymar recently said that the rumours about him moving to Real Madrid will always be there, possibly because the pair are such a good fit - all that Champions League tradition and his star power.
"I think we played the kind of game we had to, but it's true it will be different on Wednesday", he said.
Top scorer in the history of the Champions League (114 goals), Cristiano Ronaldo has netted 19 goals in his last 11 games in the competition, including in every single game this season. The Prime Minister revealed that he has been a fan since 1986.
"We are happy (with Ronaldo)", Zidane told reporters.
Nevertheless, Silva expects to be tackling the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in peak form. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a ideal hat-trick at the weekend and could spark his teammates into producing an inspiring display. "But what I want is to see Neymar with Ronaldo in white", added the three-time Champions League victor with Madrid.