The Neymar transfer saga has finally been resolved after he was announced on Thursday night as a Paris Saint-Germain player.
The Brazil forward joined the French club from Barcelona for a record €222m transfer fee, the full amount of his buyout clause.
“Paris Saint-Germain is very happy to announce the arrival of Neymar Jr to the team,” PSG announced on their website on Thursday night, hours after LaLiga had initially rejected the payment.
“On Thursday the Brazilian striker signed a five-year contract in the presence of the Club’s representatives. Neymar Jr is now committed to the French capital’s club until June 30 2022.
“Arriving from FC Barcelona, the former Santos player is widely considered to be an icon in world football – one of the top three players on the planet who has played at the very highest level for the past five years
“At 25 years old, he has already been selected for the Brazilian national team 77 times, scoring 52 goals. As captain of the national team, Neymar da Silva Santos Junior has emerged as the leader of a team aiming to win its sixth World Cup in 2018. Wearing the Brazil jersey, Neymar Jr has already carried his country to its first Olympic title at the Rio Games in 2016.
“Enjoying immense popularity across the world, Neymar Jr, admired by all for his extraordinary technique and decisive play, has already achieved 15 titles at club level. His arrival into the Paris Saint-Germain family emphasizes more than ever the club’s aims to rise to the top of world football.”
Neymar said: “I am extremely happy to join Paris Saint-Germain, said Neymar Jr after signing his contract. 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. “Paris Saint-Germain’s ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and the energy this brings.
“I 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 teamates, to open up new horizons for my club and to bring happiness to its millions of supporters around the world.”