Brazilian forward, Neymar da Silva Santos Junior has completed a world record move worth €222m from Barcelona to Paris St. Germain (PSG), smashing Manchester United’s €105m capture of Paul Pogba from Juventus last year.
According to the official statement released by the club on Thursday, the ex-Barcelona forward signed a 5 year deal which will run till the 30th of June, 2022 and will see him earn about £515,000 weekly after tax.
‘I am extremely happy to join Paris Saint-Germain,’ Neymar said 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 team mates, to open up new horizons for my club and to bring happiness to its millions of supporters around the world.’
Nasser Al-Khelaifi, President of Paris Saint-Germain couldn’t hide his feelings about the record breaking move. ‘It is with immense joy and pride that we welcome Neymar Jr to Paris Saint-Germain. Neymar Jr is today one of the very best players in world football. His winning mentality, strength of character and sense of leadership have made him into a great player. He will bring a very positive energy to this club. In six years, we have built a very ambitious project that has already taken us to the highest level of national and European football. Today, with the arrival of Neymar Jr, I am convinced that we will come even closer, with the support of our faithful fans, to realizing our greatest dreams,’
Neymar who will wear the No 10 jersey at PSG will be presented at 1:30 p.m. local time at the Parc des Princes on Friday, during a live press conference.