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Neymar is now officially the most expensive footballer in the world, Paris Saint Germain have confirmed the arrival of the Brazilian super forward on a 5 year contract, which keeps him at the club until June 30, 2022. PSG have triggered the £200m release clause of the 25 year old smashing the previous transfer fee record of £89m held by Paul Pogba who moved from Juventus to his old club Manchester United.  Neymar will earn a whooping 45 million euros per year during his stay at the French club.

Neymar is currently one of the best football talents in the world; he is considered a successor to football legends Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Some pundits bet that the Brazilian could break the record of winning maximum Ballon d’or titles.

According to Neymar, he has seen his best with Barcelona and it’s time for him to take up a new challenge, and at PSG he believes he is up for a daring career.

“I am extremely happy to join Paris Saint-Germain, said Neymar Jr after signing his contract. Since I arrived in Europe, the club has always been one of the most competitive and most ambitious. And the biggest challenge, what most motivated me to join my new teammates is to help the club to conquer the titles that their fans want. Paris Saint-Germain’s ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and the energy this brings.”

“I played 4 seasons in Europe and I feel ready to take the challenge. From today, I will do everything I can to help my new teammates, to open up new horizons for my club and to bring happiness to its millions of supporters around the world.” Neymar is likely to make his debut for his new club against Amiens in the French top tier.

Ahead of the move, the Barca star didn’t forget to thanks his former team mates and fans, he took to Instagram to share an emotional video of his journey throughout at the Camp-nou, he said it was an honour for him to share the dressing room with legends like Messi, Iniesta and Puyol. He also mentioned how he thinks it was the right time for him to leave Barca and take up a new task at PSG.

He thanked Messi for his support during Barcelona reign and mentioned he and Messi are best friends in and out of the field; he also credited Messi as the best footballer he has ever come across and said there cannot be any other Messi.

Neymar also thanked his family; friends and fans who supported him during the good and bad times of his career. Here is the video:

La vida de un deportista se mueve por desafíos. Algunos son impuestos, otros son fruto de nuestras decisiones. El Barcelona ha sido más que un desafío. Jugaba con aquellos cracks en el video juego. Llegué a Catalunya a los 21 años, lleno de desafíos. Recuerdo mis primeros días en el Club, compartiendo el vestuario con ídolos como Messi, Valdés, Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol, Piqué, Busquets y otros con la expectativa de jugar en un Club que es “més que un club”. El @fcbarcelona es una nación que representa a Catalunya! Tuve el honor de actuar con el mayor atleta que he visto en mi vida y estoy seguro que no veré a otro mejor, @leomessi se convirtió en mi compañero, amigo dentro y fuera del terreno de juego. Orgulloso de jugar contigo. Formé un ataque con @leomessi y @luissuarez9 que ha quedado para la historia. He conquistado todo lo que un deportista puede conquistar. He vivido momentos inolvidables! Vivo en una ciudad que es más que una ciudad, es una patria. Amo Barcelona y Catalunya. Pero un deportista (YO) necesita desafíos. Y por segunda vez en mi vida le llevaré la contraria a mi papa. Papa, entiendo y respeto tu opinión, pero mi decisión está tomada, te pido que me apoyes como siempre lo has hecho. El @fcbarcelona y Catalunya estarán siempre en mi corazón pero necesito nuevos desafíos. He aceptado la propuesta del @psg para buscar nuevas conquistas y ayudar al Club a alcanzar los títulos que la afición espera. Me han presentado un plan de carrera osado y me veo preparado para este desafío. Agradezco el cariño de la afición blaugrana y todo lo que he aprendido con los deportistas con quien he compartido vestuario. Asimismo siento en mi corazón que ha llegado el momento de irme. El @psg será mi nueva casa durante los próximos años y trabajaré para hacer honor a la confianza que depositan en mi futbol. Cuento mucho con el apoyo de todos. Aficionados, de mis amigos, de los profesionales que me acompañan y de mi familia, que ha sufrido mucho con problemas que han ocurrido en este periodo de mi carrera y merecen paz. Es una decisión difícil, pero tomada con la madurez de mis 25 años. @fcbarcelona , gràcies per tot! @psg , J'arrive! Que Dios nos bendiga y nos proteja!

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 Neymar who arrived at Barca from Santos in 2013, has since went on to win 2 La Liga and one Champions League title with the Catalan club. He alongside Messi and Suarez formed the most deadly attacking trio which destroyed every defence line in style.

Not only did he do well at Barca, since his debut for Brazil national side, Neymar has played a talisman role in retaining Brazil’s lost glory. He made his international debut in yellow at a mere age of 18 and has since netted 52 goals in 77 appearances for Brazil.  Neymar still holds the record of highest goal scorer of his former club Santos, he scored 138 goals in 229 matches for the Brazilian club.

This certainly is a big blow for Barcelona, who have lost a gem in form of Neymar and can suffer in La Liga as well as the Champions League, Whereas for PSG it’s their chance of claiming their first Champions League glory. With the likes of Marco Verrati, Dani Alves, Angel Di Maria in the squad they are now one of the strongest contenders for the highest European Honour.



First Published | 4 August 2017 9:15 AM
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