Neymar in Paris for 'bigger challenge'

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"I am extremely happy to join Paris Saint-Germain", said Neymar, who will be presented by his new club on Friday.

"In Barcelona I had adapted well to the city and the team". To do my best. Neymar is reportedly set to earn 30 million euros (£27million) net per year, or close to 600,000 euros (£540,000) each week after tax, and said that he was attracted to the club by their ambition.

"If it was just about money, I could have gone somewhere else", he added. I was never motivated by money.

"When you think that Trevor Francis was the first one million pound ($1.31 million) player (in 1979) and that looked unreasonable, that shows you how much distance and how far we have come, how big football has become".

Al-Khelaifi claims Neymar's arrival has already boosted the value of PSG by half a billion dollars, with the transfer the biggest step yet taken by the club in their quest to win the Champions League for the first time. The 222 million euros that PSG spent on him was used to trigger his previous contract at Barcelona.

"With UEFA, with Financial Fair Play, we are under the regulation of UEFA, and Financial Fair Play so there's no problem", the president said. "We care that what we are doing is transparent and completely legal", he stated.

But Barca later accepted the €222m after Neymar's lawyers arrived at team offices in person, with the club powerless to prevent the Ligue 1 giants pushing through a potentially era-defining transfer.

He thanked his Barcelona teammates for being good friends.

But the former Santos man also sent a message to his dad in the Instagram upload - asking his father to "support" him, while hinting he went the wishes of his parent by opting to leave the Nou Camp. "I stopped for two days, but I am ready, I've seen the pitch and I want to put the PSG shirt on and play".

Barcelona will play Chapecoense in the Joan Gamper Trophy on Monday and then face Real Madrid over two legs in the Spanish Super Cup on August 13 and 16.

"I haven't discussed it with the coach yet", he said.

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