Sunday 22 April 2018

Nobody can quite believe how much money Paris St Germain just spent on signing Neymar

The 25-year-old striker sealed the deal with PSG after wrangles over the terms of his contract at Barcelona.

(Adam Davy/PA)
(Adam Davy/PA)

By Peter Cary

Neymar’s move to Paris St Germain has prompted mixed reactions from fans, as onlookers struggle to get their heads around his record-breaking transfer fee.

The news that the Brazil forward had completed his signing to PSG was not met with universal joy on Thursday, following a series of wrangles over the terms of his former contract in Barcelona.

The jaw-dropping 222m euro (£200.6m) deal was finally confirmed after an attempt by LaLiga officials to block the transfer was subsequently overturned on Thursday, clearing the way for Neymar to secure a contract in Paris.

But fans were split between those who saw the decision as an opportunity to pursue a fresh start, and those who considered the 25-year-old’s new employers to be less glamorous than his previous home in Spain.

Others simply questioned the logic of spending so much money on a football deal, with one observer calculating that the amount spent would be enough to cover the entirety of Barcelona in spaghetti.

Sao Paulo-born Neymar told “I am extremely happy to join Paris St Germain. 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 team-mates, is to help the club to conquer the titles that their fans want.

“PSG’s ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and the energy this brings. I have played four 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.”

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