But Neymar admitted that leaving Barcelona, where he formed part of a lethal attacking trio with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, was not a decision he took lightly. "It was one of my most difficult decisions. In Barcelona I had adapted well to the city and the team. I had friends there and it has not been easy," he said. "It was a tense time, thinking about what I should do in my life. I have left behind a lot of friends, but things go very fast in football."
Was he right to leave?— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 5, 2017
B/R experts weigh in on Neymar's transfer from Barcelona to PSG https://t.co/9I1jo2YnPf pic.twitter.com/JM0DznwYkD
Neymar will be presented to the PSG support on Saturday prior to his new team's first game of the Ligue 1 season against promoted Amiens. A ceremony will begin from 3:45pm (1345 GMT) with the kick-off put back quarter of an hour to 5:15pm to allow extra time for the player's unveiling before an expected sell-out crowd of more than 45,000. Neymar got a taste of what is to come when he stepped outside the Parc des Princes on Friday in his new team's kit, to be greeted by hundreds of ecstatic supporters. World record signing Neymar will have to wait to make his Paris Saint Germain debut after the Brazilian's international transfer certificate (CIT) failed to be lodged with the French league by the midnight deadline on Friday, an official said.
How a $263 million deal made Neymar the most expensive player in soccer history https://t.co/dFfFCSFNFq pic.twitter.com/yY5gMKHXWN— Bloomberg (@business) August 5, 2017
Neymar had been hopeful of making his debut in Saturday's home game against Amiens. But the French league (FLP) had not received the document by midnight meaning Neymar will watch the game from the stands at the Parc des Princes instead. A French league spokesman said that the Brazilian's international transfer certificate (CIT) had failed to be lodged by the midnight deadline on Friday so he will watch the game from the stands instead.
According to multiple reports, Neymar will not make his Paris Saint-Germain debut against Amiens on Saturday. https://t.co/OOjFGhRkcfAugust 5, 2017
At 30 million euros a year, Neymar will be the second highest-paid player in the world -- behind Carlos Tevez and his 38 million euros a year at Shanghai Shenhua in China but ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo's 23.6 million euros annual salary at Real Madrid. The transfer fee shatters the previous world record of 105 million euros set by Manchester United in signing France midfielder Paul Pogba last year from Juventus. It is an eye-watering sum, but one that PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi insisted will eventually look like a bargain for the player who came third in the Ballon d'Or in 2015 behind Messi and Ronaldo. "There are not two Neymars in the world. I would love for us to meet in two years and see what his value will be compared to today. At least the double," said Al-Khelaifi.
Neymar might have to wait to make his PSG debut. https://t.co/dojtPZweiy pic.twitter.com/jHuwnRQ52I— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 5, 2017
There is scepticism at the role played by PSG's owners Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) at a time of political crisis for the energy-rich state which has been boycotted by its Gulf neighbours in recent months and will play host to the World Cup in 2022. But the impact of Neymar's arrival could be seen early on Friday morning on the Champs Elysees in Paris, where more than 1,000 fans queued outside a club superstore in order to get their hands on a PSG shirt with Neymar's name and number on the back.
Neymar offers unusual value as a forward. https://t.co/FeyEiXXyNQ pic.twitter.com/4FcG9Kh4x1— FiveThirtyEight (@FiveThirtyEight) August 5, 2017
And on the field PSG are hoping Neymar, who will wear the number 10 shirt vacated a year ago by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, can help them win back the Ligue 1 title lost to Monaco last season, and also finally get their hands on the Champions Leaguetrophy. Meanwhile, there was still bitterness in Spain over the player's exit with Barcelona insisting they won't pay a 26 million euro ($30.8 million) bonus to Neymar for renewing his contract with the Catalan giants in 2016.
Neymar once spent $180,000 on watches in one day and it turned into an endorsement deal https://t.co/CbIGIkwVzj pic.twitter.com/EB4kzrr420— Business Insider (@businessinsider) August 5, 2017
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