05 August, 2017
"On the other hand, PSG is a club-state".
MSN - as the hallowed trio of Messi, Suarez and Neymar came to be known - have been football's deadliest forward line, and yet it was Messi's presence that pushed Neymar to leave. "I want to dream bigger", he added.
The transfer doubles the previous world record when Manchester United signed Paul Pogba from Juventus and whilst the fee is an eye-watering amount for one player, in truth there are only a handful of clubs who could afford such a staggering outlay.
There were reports that Neymar's decision to move away from Barcelona came when he saw Lionel Messi, his striking partner at Barcelona, take the limelight following a miraculous comeback against PSG in the UEFA Champions League last season.
Neymar operated on the left of Barcelona's front three during his time at Camp Nou and play as the No.10 for Brazil but said he had not discussed his role with Emery yet, with Edinson Cavani installed as PSG's central striker at present. "We have been very transparent from day one on FFP".
It was the most hard decision of my life to leave Barcelona, but I felt like it was the right moment to leave.
Spain's La Liga refused to accept the payment of Neymar's 222 million euro buyout clause yesterday, delaying the Brazilian's world record move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.
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PSG triggered the €222m release clause in Neymar's contract on Thursday to make him the leading man in Paris, ending a scintillating on-field relationship with the Catalan club.
"I wish you lots of luck in this new stage in your life. I regret that people think that and I thank PSG for believing in my potential", he said.
When asked why he made a decision to leave FC Barcelona for PSG, the Brazilian striker said: "I wanted something bigger". "For people worrying about Financial Fair Play, go have coffee, there are no problems".
"But now I'm here at PSG and I want to help my team-mate in the best way and win titles", he said. With Neymar, we are now worth €1.5bn. Our biggest challenge is the Champions League of course but we want all possible trophies and this is the way we'll write history.
"The statement also quoted Neymar as saying: "'I am extremely happy to join Paris Saint-Germain'".
"But as soon as I made the decision, I started communicating".
Gaspart - who was in charge of Barcelona when Luis Figo controversially moved to arch rivals Real Madrid - has likened Neymar to the Portuguese midfielder, claiming "they are two players who go through the back door".
Hundreds of PSG fans had lined up to purchase replica team jerseys with Neymar's name on earlier Friday.