Neymar to be officially unveiled by PSG ahead of fan welcome

After whirlwind couple of weeks, Neymar was formally introduced as the newest member of French soccer giant Paris Saint-Germain after paying a world-record transfer fee of US$263 million (€222 million).

The 25-year-old has agreed a five-year contract that will reportedly see him earn €30 million (A$40 million) a year after saying his goodbyes to his old team-mates at Barca this week. "What I think about is happiness".

"If he came for money, he could get even more with other clubs". There are new challenges, the club's ambition and I want to help write history of the club.

"It is by attracting such top players that clubs will be able to win trophies and gain notoriety but these transfers will not be made profitable by ticket sales or merchandising", said the French sports economist Jean-François Brocard. I want something bigger, a bigger challenge, and my heart made this decision and this is why I'm here.

"Thanks for this new challenge - I'm really happy to come to Paris, to PSG, which is a great club in a wonderful city", Neymar told his press conference. He might make his debut Saturday when PSG starts its new Ligue 1 campaign against promoted Amiens.

As well as his undeniable assets on the field, Neymar proved an instant hit at PSG's stadium shop which sold out of shirts with Neymar's number 10 on the back, at a price of between €100 and €150 each.

"Being the most expensive player in the world is not a burden".

"Paris is a handsome city and one of my favourites in the world", three-time World Cup victor Pele wrote on Twitter.

The previous record was midfielder Paul Pogba's move a year ago from Juventus to Manchester United for €105 million. "I just want to play".

"It's beyond calculation and beyond rationality", he added.

"It adds attractiveness. Yes, it's good news", said Macron.

PSG would certainly welcome the kind of success that Neymar enjoyed in Spain.

Spanish newspaper El Mundo described the move as a "state signing".

Barca will suffer on the field for Neymar's absence, but seeing one of their prized assets snatched away to an inferior league is also a massive blow to Barca's prestige and a reminder of days they thought were long gone.

But in a landscape where other leagues are collectively struggling to compete with the monstrous sums handed out to teams in England, the move for Neymar can also be seen as a huge boon for French football as a whole.

"I was in a tense moment but life in football is very fast. Keep like this and never change love you little bro".

He said he does not fear the weight of expectations after PSG broke the world transfer record.

This post was syndicated from The Independent Uganda:. This is the game as we know it, with teams willing to spend and the authorities willing to allow it.

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  • Jacqueline Ellis