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Neymar Signs Five Year Deal With Paris Saint Germain

Neymar Signs Five Year Deal With Paris Saint Germain

French Giants Paris Saint Germain has officially confirm their signing of Brazilian forward from Barcelona for a world record €222 million fee after activating the Brazil international's buyout clause on Thursday.

The Brazilian joins PSG on a five year deal and a presentation is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. local time at the Parc des Princes on Friday. The New most expensive player could now be lined up for their opening game against Amiens on Saturday. 

"I am extremely happy to join Paris Saint-Germain," Neymar said in a statement after signing his contract. He also released a lengthy farewell message to Barcelona on social media.

"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 teammates, to open up new horizons for my club and to bring happiness to its millions of supporters around the world."

Neymar will be paid €30 million per year after taxes and has been given a major signing bonus in excess of his net annual sum, coupled with other earnings and significant bonuses. 

After wearing the No. 11 shirt at Barcelona, Neymar will switch to the No. 10 at PSG, the same number he uses with the Brazil national team. Javier Pastore, who wore PSG's No. 10 last season, said he would return to his previous No. 27.

"It is with immense joy and pride that we welcome Neymar Jr to Paris Saint-Germain," PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said. "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. In six years, we have built a very ambitious project that has already taken us to the highest level of national and European football. Today, with the arrival of Neymar Jr, I am convinced that we will come even closer, with the support of our faithful fans, to realizing our greatest dreams."

Neymar helped Barca win one Champions League, two La Liga titles and three Copas del Rey as well as one FIFA Club World Cup and one Spanish Super Cup during his four-year stint in Catalonia, and he scored 105 goals across all competitions, catalyzing Barcelona's remarkable comeback against PSG in the Champions League quarterfinals last season. He scored twice and set up the winner as the Catalans won 6-1 to overturn a 4-0 first-leg deficit.
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