At long last, it’s official. Neymar has joined Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona.
Barcelona confirmed receipt of Neymar’s $263 million buyout clause from his representatives on Thursday, clearing the way for the Brazil superstar to sign with French giants Paris Saint-Germain and become the most expensive soccer player ever. Later in the day, BBC and several other outlets confirmed that Neymar had signed a five-year contract.
PSG will likely compensate Neymar’s representatives for the payment, which was made after La Liga initially refused to accept the money and pass it on to Barcelona.
Minutes before the news broke, PSG tweeted a none-too-subtle hint that “He’s coming.”
The fee more than doubles the $124 million Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba just last summer. And of course, it doesn’t include any signing bonuses, agent fees, image rights or indeed the doubtlessly staggering salary Neymar will collect from the ambitious Parisian club — said to double his previous mega-contract.
Qatari-owned and bankrolled PSG, which won Ligue 1 four years in a row until last season, hopes signing one of the world’s best forwards will finally vault it into the European elite and contention for the Champions League title, after five straight eliminations in the quarterfinals of the round of 16. Neymar is widely considered the planet’s best player not named Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. And the 25-year-old was widely expected to succeed Messi as Barca’s central cog, carrying on its soaring run of success in the last decade.
Instead, he heads north to a league that is considered strong, but inferior to the Spanish, English, German and perhaps even Italian leagues.
Personally i like theis guy and deserves to be the most expensive player.
The Qataris may be annoyed by the Gulf Crisis and will like to show the world that they have a lot of monies.
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