Neymar Signs with Paris Saint Germain for EUR 222 Million

Neymar Signs with Paris Saint Germain for EUR 222 Million

Neymar insists his world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain was not motivated by a desire to be the star attraction, with the Brazilian having stepped out of Lionel Messi's shadow at Barcelona.

When asked why he made a decision to leave FC Barcelona for PSG, the Brazilian striker said: "I wanted something bigger".

"Neymar Jr, accompanied by his father and representative, communicated to FC Barcelona this morning his decision to leave the club", Barcelona said in a statement.

And, at 25, he clearly felt the time was right to go to PSG, who cannot only offer bottomless pockets of Qatari money but the opportunity to be the central figure on and off the field in a team that contends for the Champions League and other titles. What I think about is my happiness, together with my family.

"It was one of the most hard decisions I've ever taken".

The transfer doubles the previous world record when Manchester United signed Paul Pogba from Juventus and whilst the fee is an eye-watering amount for one player, in truth there are only a handful of clubs who could afford such a staggering outlay.

Philippe Chembon, a fan, flaunted a receipt outside the club store showing he spent 623.50 euros ($740) on four Neymar jerseys.

"We think Neymar will help us to dream bigger and win everything", 20-year-old fan Samy El Amrani Jorey said outside the hotel at 1:30 a.m., adopting the club's motto.

PSG have already been fined and saw their Champions League squad limited by UEFA for breaches of FFP in 2014.

As noted by Johnson, when asked for a final word at the end of his press conference, Neymar said "PSG is magic". I weigh 69kg, and I'll remain at 69kg. "I don't have a burden on me".

Neymar was the subject of intense speculation all summer and Barcelona earlier confirmed on Wednesday that the 25- year-old had informed them of his intention to leave. I am looking for something new. I wanted to come to Paris. I will speak with the staff and wait for the green light, but this is what I love to do. I haven't discussed where I will play.

Football legend Pele congratulated Neymar on his move, telling his successor in the famed Brazilian number 10 shirt: "Good luck for your new challenge".

"It's about a new feeling and a new challenge and different titles".

However, there has been criticism of the sums involved.

Van Seggelen voiced concern that "football's enormous wealth is trapped within a few leagues and clubs when it could be redistributed more efficiently and fairly to help protect competitive balance".

"The transfer rules governed by Federation Internationale de Football Association are anti-competitive, unjustified and illegal".

Wenger expressed further concern over an inability to control the transfer market, describing current player valuations as "beyond calculation and beyond rationality".

"Lionel Messi became my team-mate, and my friend on and off the pitch", he wrote. "Now it is $1.5 billion", he said.

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