The biggest transfer that football has ever seen is now complete. Brazilian superstar Neymar Jr has officially joined Paris Saint Germain from Barcelona, for a fee of 222 million euros in what is a new world record transfer.
The Neymar transfer saga reached its conclusion after over a month of speculation surrounding his future at Barcelona, with the Catalan club confirming the receipt of 222 million euros (Neymar’s buyout clause) from his legal representatives:
“On Thursday afternoon Neymar Jr’s legal representatives visited in person the club’s offices and made the payment of €222m in the player’s name with regards to the unilateral termination of the contract that united both parties. As such, the club will pass on to Uefa the details of the above operation so that they can determine the disciplinary responsibilities that may arise from this case.”
And just hours later, Paris Saint Germain posted the following video on their social media channels announcing the arrival of their newest superstar:
On joining the Parisian club, Neymar said that he is now part of “one of the most ambitious clubs in Europe,” adding, “Paris St-Germain’s ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and the energy this brings. I feel ready to take the challenge. From today, I will do everything I can to help my new team-mates.”
PSG have a long-standing ambition to win the UEFA Champions League, something which they are confident they can do with Neymar now in their side. It was the Brazilian who was the key difference between the teams when Barcelona defeated PSG 6-5 over two legs in last season’s round-of-16 UCL tie, after putting in an incredible performance in the second leg at the Nou Camp with his team trailing 4-0 from the first leg.
It is the first time PSG – ranked the 11th most valuable club in the world by Forbes – have broken the global transfer record, with Real Madrid paying five of the past six highest fees. The £89m that Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba last summer (the previous world record) falls pale in comparison to it.
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— PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) August 3, 2017
His departure from Barcelona spells the end of the road for the attacking trident he formed with Argentina captain Lionel Messi and Uruguay forward Luis Suarez.
On Wednesday, Messi posted on Instagram: “It was a great pleasure to have shared all these years with you my friend Neymar. I wish you good luck in this new stage of your life.” To which Neymar replied: “Thank you brother. I will miss you.” Luis Suárez followed Lionel Messi by posting a message on Instagram to Neymar. “My friend I wish you the best in everything that comes!!! Also thank you for your support, for everything that I learned with you and for the unique moments that we spent together!!!! Keep like this and never change love you little bro.”