Neymar: Leaving Barcelona 'one of the toughest' decisions of my life


It was reported that Neymar's father and agent held up the deal in order to trigger a loyalty payment that would be owed after July 31, as part of the new contract the player signed with Barca last October.

Alongside the text, Pele published a photo of himself raising the World Cup trophy next to the Eiffel tower.

Neymar also dismissed accusations that the move to PSG was motivated by money.

Neymar signed for PSG until 2022 in a five-year deal and PSG chairman Al Khelaifi confirmed that the Brazilian has a release clause in his contract with the French club. It is not because I was not THE star at Barcelona, I fitted in very well there. "I wanted a bigger challenge, and my heart made this decision and I followed my heart".

He added: "For me personally, Neymar is the best player in the world". I am here to help the team to win as many titles as possible.

Supremely confident even as a teenager, Neymar was not overawed at playing alongside the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Luis Suarez. I'm sad about the fact that some fans think that.

"I want to offer my shirt to Neymar as a welcome act". Messi posted an emotional farewell video after Neymar bid the players goodbye at the club's Sporting City in Barcelona.

"It is with vast joy and pride that we welcome Neymar to PSG", he said.

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The Parisians' president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the Qatari businessman who led the acquisition of the Ligue 1 outfit in 2011, was delighted to get his man.

"It was one of the toughest decisions I ever took".

"I am very happy to present our big star, an idol to the whole world", he said.

PSG midfielder Javier Pastore has relinquished the No.10 jersey to Neymar as a "sign of welcome".

PSG have faced questions about whether they can now adhere to UEFA's financial fair play rules, with La Liga president Javier Tebas saying he would file a complaint to the governing body and the European Union over the transfer.

"The young talent pool we have here is the best in Europe".

Al-Khelaifi also insists PSG did not breach UEFA's financial fair play rules with the transfer. We are working very transparently with UEFA. Another user compared the buyout price to the cost of silver and said that Neymar's price is equivalent to a sufficient amount of silver that can make more than 65,000 Champions League Trophies.

The forward completed his $263 million move to the French capital Thursday just a week after Barcelona officials had said he was "200%" staying with the Catalan club. Undoubtedly one of the all-time great creators in the centre of the park, his exquisite volley in the 2002 Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen immortalised him in the club's history.