File Photo: Neymar and Ronadinho
razil international Neymar has completed his move from Barcelona to French Ligue 1 side Paris-Saint Germain.
The 25-year-old, who won the FIFA Club World Cup with the Spanish giants in 2015, announced his intention to leave Camp Nou on Wednesday. PSG then announced on Thursday the Brazilian had signed a contract with the club until 30 June 2022.
The deal for the 2011 FIFA Puskas Award winner breaks the previous record set when Paul Pogba returned to Old Trafford, signing for Manchester United for a £89m fee in August 2016.
“I am extremely happy to join Paris Saint-Germain,” Neymar told the club’s official website after putting pen to paper. “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 teammates is to help the club to conquer the titles that their fans want.”
Neymar joined Barcelona in 2013, winning two Spanish La Liga titles, three Copa del Reys and the 2015 UEFA Champions League. The move to the French capital sees the Brazilian link up with compatriots Lucas Moura, Marquinhos, Dani Alves and Thiago Silva at Parc des Princes.
“It is with immense joy and pride that we welcome Neymar Jr to Paris Saint-Germain,” said PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi. “Neymar Jr is today one of the very best players in world football. His winning mentality, strength of character and sense of leadership have made him into a great player. He will bring a very positive energy to this club.”
Neymar has played an integral part of Brazil’s road to Russia 2018, scoring six goals in seven qualifiers. Brazil became the first team to reach the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ after hosts Russia, booking their berth in March.
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