Beckham, 44, retired at the Parc des Princes, where he made 14 appearances across all competitions for Les Parisiens, in 2013.
Neymar, 28, sat down for an interview alongside Beckham with Otro (h/t Goal's Chris Burton) and opened up about his admiration of the Englishman and the influence he had on his own game:
"I'm a big fan. I remember when I was younger I always followed all types of players, all the big players.
"I followed David because of the way he kicked the ball, because of the amazing passes he gave, because of his goals, because of his determination on the pitch. So, I always followed him.
"For the person he is, the football he played, I think everything came from David."
The pair could still form a working relationship in the future after Neymar reiterated his intent to one day sign with Major League Soccer outfit Inter Miami, who begin their inaugural season in 2020:
Beckham joined Real from United in July 2003 when Neymar was 11. The Brazilian later spent a few days on trial with Los Blancos in March 2006 but opted to return to boyhood club Santos, per Hugo Cerezo of Marca.
The €222 million signing could yet eclipse the careers of both legends before his playing days are finished, though it could be partly thanks to the trail Beckham blazed that he's in that position.
Neymar noted it went beyond just Beckham's playing style:
Whereas the South American is a more direct threat with the ball at his feet, Beckham was famed for his passing, crossing and set-piece majesty in particular. Both players have traits that could combine to create the dream winger.
Neymar first met "Becks" when he travelled to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in 2006, and his admiration of the 115-times capped England international has long been evident:
The PSG talisman is currently injured and has missed the team's last two games, but Neymar will hope to be back in contention when they travel to Dijon in the Coupe de France quarter-finals on Wednesday.