Neymar “dream bigger” in Paris than in Barcelona
Brazilian football star Neymar poses with Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the president of PSG, his new club, after his press conference, on August 4, 2017 in Paris
“I wanted a bigger challenge”: Brazilian superstar Neymar disembarked Friday in the capital to marry – already – the slogan of his new club, the Paris SG, which never + dream bigger + since its takeover by the Qataris.
He’s there ! The 25-year-old Brazilian striker, Neymar Jr. in Paris, broke into the press room at the Parc des Princes under the ceaseless crackle of the photographers’ flashes: “Very very happy” Were the first words of the captain of the Seleçao, relaxed and at ease throughout the press conference.
Neymar, accustomed to the honors since his 18 years, did not become for nothing the most expensive player in history, snatched from Barcelona against the 222 million euros of its release clause.
After the formalization of his signature for five years at Paris SG, Neymar left Catalonia to join the City of Light.
From his departure from his Catalan home shortly before 08:45 local time for the Barcelona airport, on his arrival via a private jet at Le Bourget, shortly before 11:00, the life change of the Brazilian was tracked by the whole world.
Accepted on the tarmac by Maxwell, compatriot and deputy sports director, the new star of the PSG rallied the Parc des Princes in convoy, via a hook and a stop of almost an hour at the American hospital in Neuilly.
So before delivering his first words.
“I want something bigger, I want a bigger challenge,” said the Brazilian, arrived in Paris “for the ambition of this club, very similar to mine.”
“This was one of the most difficult decisions of my life,” he added.
“I was very well in Barcelona, in the city, in the club, it was a moment with a lot of tensions, thoughts about what I had to do with my life. ‘This is our life goes very fast,’ he explained.
Saturday, he will be presented to the public of the Parc des Princes, from 15:45, before the resumption of the season in the French Championship, with a match against Amiens promoted (5:15 pm).
Neymar was able to measure his popularity with a three-minute crowd at the exit of the Park, with smoke and hysterical cries on the program.
The Brazilian, who has not played football since last Saturday and a friendly “clasico” against Real Madrid (3-2) in Miami, and rather chained long distance flights, wants to make his first dribbles.
“Yes, I am ready to start, if I can tomorrow,” he said.
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The League had assured on its side Thursday that it put its “legal services” at the disposal of the club “so that the contract of Neymar is homologated as soon as possible” …
And what a contract! With 30 million euros in annual net salary, Neymar becomes the second-most-paid player in the world, behind Carlos Tevez’s 38 million euros in China, but now in front of the two sacred monsters Lionel Messi (25 in Barça) And Cristiano Ronaldo (23.6 at Real Madrid).
By paying the amount of 222 million euros corresponding to the transfer clause of the player, the PSG disbursed more than double the previous record amount, the transfer of Paul Pogba from Juventus Turin to Manchester United a year ago for 105 M EUR (excluding bonus).
The 3rd in the 2015 Ballon d’Or behind the untouchables Messi and CR7, considered for some years as a player of the Top 5 world, comes to offer by his aura an unprecedented exposure to the French Championship in general and PSG in particular, The Asian and Latin American markets.
“Neymar has a sporting value, but it also has a marketing value, a media value and an economic value. It will help fill the stadiums of Ligue 1 and raise the audiences,” said the Executive Director General of the League (LFP), Didier Quillot, Friday morning on Europe 1.
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The president of the club, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, in any case succeeded a huge blow, after a season that saw his team brutally fall from his pedestal, and himself risk being on the spot: Monaco has broken his series Of four consecutive championship titles, and the PSG was eliminated in the 8th final of Champions League by FC Barcelona and its famous “remontada” (4-0, 1-6), of which the major player had Summer … Neymar.
The club in the capital had already tried to attract him a year ago, but the latter had finally preferred to extend to Barça until 2021.
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The fervor soon took over Paris, around the shop of the club on the Champs Elysees, where hundreds of fans trampled waiting for their Graal: flocked jerseys of N.10 and in the name of Neymar Jr.
“We came from Eure on purpose to look for the jersey. We decided it last night at one o’clock in the morning,” said laughing to AFP Nicolas Viger, 34, supporter of the PSG since 1987.
“The little one, she also has her jersey,” he continued, pointing to his teenage niece, both wearing their yellow jersey with black handwriting bought at 100 euros each.