Ambition, not riches prompted £200m PSG move, says Neymar


The arrival of Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain in a 222 million-euro (R3.5-billion) world record move will have a significant knock-on effect on an already unbridled transfer market.

After weeks of intense speculation regarding his future, the former Barcelona man signed a five-year contract worth £500,000-a-week and is in line to make his debut on Saturday at home to Amiens in Ligue 1.

Marcelo Bechler, the Brazilian journalist who first reported the expected transfer back in July, told CNN that Neymar's decision came out of his desire to one day be crowned the world's best footballer.

"I have not spoken with the coach about whether I will play or not, where I will play or if he wants me to play yet".

His new mark is more than double the previous record set by Manchester United's capture of Paul Pogba from Juventus a year ago for €105 million, leaving many commentators aghast at the rampant inflation in football transfer fees.

The renewal bonus was agreed on a year ago when Neymar extended his contract with Barcelona until 2021, and was due to be paid to the player after he completed a year.

From the player's perspective, PSG do pose a fascinating challenge.

Barcelona did all it could to stop Neymar from leaving and had vowed to complain to the UEFA, European soccer's ruling body, if his seemingly untouchable release clause was triggered.

Conte said: "We are trying to buy, not sell".

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"It is a transfer that has cost a lot today but that will surely not be the case in two years' time".

"Concerning Financial Fair Play, we have always been transparent".

Click on the video above to see what Neymar has to say on Instagram.

Part of one of the most exciting attacking tridents in the history of football, Neymar has chose to leave Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi and forge his own legacy at PSG.

When rumours of the big-money move began emerging in France and Spain, Neymar managed to keep his counsel while he played dutifully for Barca on their pre-season tour of the United States.

"I love you, I do not love you, I love you, I do not love you, because now we are the ones who decide that we do not love you".

Over the last 24 hours, in which the final details have been put on the transfer, 41% of bets through Oddschecker have been on the French club to win Europe's biggest prize.

Since arriving from Brazilian club Santos in 2013, Neymar has scored over 100 goals for Barcelona, winning the European Champions League, two La Liga titles and three Copa del Rey.