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Mad transfer market reaches zenith with Neymar deal

Mad transfer market reaches zenith with Neymar deal

If I was following the money, I would be somewhere else, with other clubs in other countries.

Neymar said he wanted fresh challenges and thus chose to jump ship.

A record-breaking transfer leaves PSG having to squeeze every euro out of the signing - through sponsorship, merchandise and jersey sales - to ensure the club complies with European soccer's financial regulations.

PSG's Qatari President Nasser Al-Khelaifi hailed the move, stating: "Today, with the arrival of Neymar Jr, I am convinced that we will come even closer, with the support of our faithful fans, to realising our greatest dreams".

Al-Khelaifi played down concerns about the fee - it shattered the previous record of £89m when Paul Pogba joined Manchester United from Juventus - and the FFPimplications.

Al Khelaifi has dismissed such reports, however. We will be very transparent with Financial Fair Play, I have a strong team with me.

"It was one of the most hard decisions I've ever taken".

The Brazil global ended his four-year stay at Barcelona on Thursday when his €222m release clause was paid in full, with Neymar signing a five-year deal in Paris to become the most expensive player of all time.

However, on the field, he also faces the challenge of stepping out of the shadow of five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi to try and prove himself as the world's best.

Photo After beating Paris Saint-Germain, 6-1, in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16, Neymar is transferring from Barcelona to P.S.G.

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Asked why he chose Paris, Neymar said: "For the ambition of the club which is very similar to mine".

"I had to think, rethink about what I wanted to do and achieve in my life".

"It hurts me that people who I appreciate and respect greatly take advantage of this circumstance to blame anyone".

Neymar, who won seven major trophies in his four seasons at the Nou Camp, including the Champions League once and La Liga twice. said he needed a new challenge, whilst admitting that his father wanted him to stay at Barcelona. What I think about is my happiness, together with my family. "If you are thinking about it", he said, "go have a coffee and don't worry about it".

"In Barcelona I had adapted well to the city and the team".

Neymar denied that he had exhausted of playing second-fiddle to Lionel Messi at Barcelona.

One of the criticisms of Barca's evolution in recent seasons since Pep Guardiola's departure as coach in 2012 has been that graduates from the club's once famed La Masia academy have not been given a chance as the club turned to star signings such as Suarez and Neymar.

But UEFA later insisted the move does not automatically break those rules because Paris Saint-Germain have time to balance their books.

Neymar added: "It was my decision". Ligue 1 [French football league] is getting more competitive, and Neymar has signed to win all the trophies we can.


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