Neymar: Quick Facts About Paris Saint-Germain’s £198 Million Acquisition


Paris Saint-Germain has completed the signing of Neymar from Barcelona for a world record £198 million transfer fee.

The Brazilian has become the most expensive footballer of all time and has signed a £500,000-a-week, five-year contract.

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The French side called a press conference for 12:30 BST on Friday and unveiled him to the world as a Paris player.

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At the press conference, Neymar said:

“The club has a very similar ambition to mine, I want a bigger challenge. My heart made this decision, that is why I am in front of you today to help this team.”

“Being a star did not impact my decision, it is down to me wanting to find a new challenge. I am looking for something new. This is what PSG want, and they deserve it.”

“I leave a lot of very good friends behind, but that’s football. You make friends wherever you go, and that’s the main thing. It was the right time to leave and look for something different. Being the most expensive player is not a burden, I am happy.”

He added that he was somewhat convinced by PSG’s Brazilian contingent to join the club.

Neymar was accompanied by his family and a sizable entourage when he stepped out into the stadium donning his new club colors.

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Neymar

He will be introduced to fans at PSG’s first game of the season against Amiens at Parc des Princes on Saturday.



PSG owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi said their fans had been “dreaming” about them signing Neymar.

“Neymar is an idol for the whole world, for everyone who loves sport. As far as I am concerned Neymar is the best player in the whole world.”

“Our supporters have always dreamed about Neymar, and today here he is. Our project has become stronger, and Ligue 1 becomes more interesting for the whole world.”

He added that PSG can now actively aim to win the Champions League.

The 25-year-old won seven major trophies in his four seasons at the Nou Camp, including the Champions League once and La Liga twice.

He said he was saddened by criticism from some Barca fans for wanting to leave and that while he respected the Catalan giants he had the right to seek a new challenge.

“I have won all that a player can win,” he said adding that his father, Neymar Sr, wanted him to stay at Barcelona.

Writing on Instagram, he said:

“I have conquered everything an athlete can conquer. I have lived unforgettable moments. But a player needs challenges.”

“And for the second time in my life, I’ll contradict my father.”

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Neymar’s transfer fee smashes the previous record held by Paul Pogba. Manchester United paid Juventus £89 million to have the player’s services again in August 2016.

Neymar who is now earning astronomical wages is, however, not the world’s highest paid player. Carlos Tevez holds that position with a staggering £650,000-a-week wage at Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua.