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Neymar: I Wanted a Bigger Challenge

05 Août 2017

But the man hailed as "the best player in the world" by PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi yesterday stressed that his desire to help the French team achieve their dream of European glory was his guiding influence.

Paris Saint-Germain have unveiled Neymar.

"From today, I will do everything I can to help my new team mates, to open up new horizons for my club and to bring happiness to its millions of supporters around the world", he said. The move drew criticisms from several quarters but Acheampong, who recently joined Chinese side Tianjin Teda from Anderlecht in a four-month loan deal worth £1.2 million last month, says the Brazilian has to 'gather more money'.

"I wanted a bigger challenge, and my heart made this decision and I followed my heart", he told reporters at the Parc des Princes stadium. I was very well adjusted there.

He said: "It's not an extra burden".

Asked about how PSG intended to ensure that it complies with UEFA's financial fair play rules, the chairman replied: "What we have done is completely transparent and legal".

"Thank you to the Barca fans for their friendship".

Football has changed and it will probably never be the same again. He added that he hoped to further develop as a player at his new club.

The Ligue 1 giants triggered his £198m release clause to complete the truly stunning transfer.

"I am hungry for football, I always want to play so yes, I am ready for tomorrow against Amiens", he said.

"I saw the Monaco-PSG game and people said to me that it was a good time to play them, But when you see what they did, I'm not sure there is a good time".

This amount is more than double that paid for French midfielder Paul Pogba who moved from Juventus to Manchester United last summer.

PSG lawyers had arrived at La Liga HQ in Madrid on Thursday morning in an attempt to put the finishing touches on a deal for the 25-year-old Brazil international, which is worth nearly £450m (€500m) including wages, bonuses and the buyout clause.

Neymar has signed a lucrative 5-year contract with the six-time French champions after leaving Barcelona's pre-season programme earlier this week.

Neymar: I Wanted a Bigger Challenge