Neymar: I wanted a bigger challenge

Neymar Deal Prompts Jurgen Klopp to Question UEFA Financial Fair Play

Li Liga chiefs tried to block the move on Thursday by refusing to accept the payment of Neymar's release clause.

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

He added, "I played 4 seasons in Europe and I feel ready to take the challenge". No, I felt well in Barcelona.

Friday's soccer news starts with the big reveal that Neymar wanted to move to PSG for "a new challenge". However, football can be like that.

According to the official statement of Barcelona, Neymar announced his decision to leave during a meeting at the office of the Barcelona club.

Neymar also dismissed accusations that the move to PSG was motivated by money.

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"I am extremely happy to join Paris Saint-Germain", said Neymar.

"I follow my heart, not the path of money". Despite the money being lavished on the squad, it has yet to match the feats of the PSG team that reached the Champions League semifinals in 1995 and won the now defunct European Cup Winners' Cup the following season. "I'm looking for a new challenge, new trophies, and this is what motivates me". "No, quite on the contrary".

"There was no pressure at all. I love Barcelona and Catalunya", the Brazilian added. At no point have I lacked respect towards them or the club. "I would like to thank Lionel Messi because he welcomed me so well, I learned so much from him in four years together".

It was unclear if Neymar would make his debut when PSG opens its league season Saturday against Amiens, a team making its top-flight debut. "Leo Messi became my partner, and friend on and off the pitch and I was proud to play with him". "If it is possible, let's do it!"

Brazilian striker Neymar poses for photographs with his new Paris St Germain jersey after a press conference at the Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris on Friday.

He said he does not fear the weight of expectations after PSG broke the world transfer record.

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Whilst some details of surrounding the eye-watering €222 million transfer are known - like the fact Neymar stormed out of a Barc training session - his exact reason for leaving arguably the best club side in the world have remained unclear until now. "I am still the same weight as always, I have nothing on my back".

"I am very happy to present our big star, an idol to the whole world", he said. Once in 1997, Inter Milan came up with $27 million for the original Ronaldo when he was 21 and inarguably the best player in the world.

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When former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell signed Neymar for Barcelona, seeing off interest from Real Madrid and Chelsea, it was seen as the greatest transfer coup of the century. Messi posted an emotional farewell video after Neymar bid the players goodbye at the club's Sporting City in Barcelona. We will be very transparent with Financial Fair Play, I have a strong team with me.

"There is no problem". We are working under the regulations.

The hosts famously collapsed in Neymar's absence to a sensational 7-1 thrashing by Germany in the semi-finals, but the number 10 has helped them recover since and they were the first South American nation to book their spot in next year's World Cup. "Today is expensive but in two or three years?"

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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has bid a fond farewell to Neymar, calling him his "little brother". "If he was motivated by money, he could have gone elsewhere", he said. "Now it is $1.5 billion", he said. "I haven't discussed it with the coach yet. We are here to win titles". We want to win all the trophies we can.

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