Neymar PSG unveiling live after £198m transfer from Barcelona


Neymar's transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain captured everyone attention's Thursday, as the Brazilian soccer star was signed over for a record fee of £222 million.

"It is the consequence of the ownerships and that has completely changed the whole landscape of football in the last 15 years", he said.

Neymar, who represents the national team of Brazil, will earn 45m euros (£40.7m) a year - 865,000 euros (£782,000) a week.

The transfer doubles the previous world record fee paid when Paul Pogba moved last August from Juventus to Manchester United for a 105 million euros. "The life of an athlete is made by challenges".

Neymar said: "I was never motivated by money".

With all the drama that came with the move behind everyone now, on Friday, it was time for PSG to introduce its fans to the newest superstar on the block. "It's a very hard decision but I made it with the maturity I accumulated throughout those 25 years". A lot of people wanted me to talk about it but it's difficult to communicate when you're not 100% sure what you want to do.

"The biggest challenge, and what motivates me most, is the possibility to help the club win titles, which is what all of the fans want".

"Before Neymar, the value of the club was $1 billion".

"I am extremely happy to join Paris St Germain", he said in the club's statement.

LaLiga initially refused to accept payment of Neymar's release clause after reportedly expressing concern at being complicit in a deal that breaches FFP rules, while FIFPro have called on the European Commission to investigate.

He has become a celebrity in his own right, even appearing in an advert alongside his son, who had insisted upon arriving at Barcelona that his shirt should carry the name "Neymar Jr". "Concerning Financial Fair Play, we have always been transparent". "I have experienced unforgettable moments". "What I think about is happiness".

Neymar said he was ready to take part in Paris Saint-Germain's first Ligue 1 match of the season against Amiens at the Parc-des-Princes home stadium, which has been delayed for 15 minutes to present him to fans. At no point have I lacked respect towards them or the club. "It's beyond calculation and beyond rationality".

"But one day I will play for Barcelona".