Finally, the much talked about transfer saga comes to an end with Brazilian star Neymar agreeing to leave FC Barcelona for Qatari-backed PSG (Paris Saint Germain).
The Olympic Gold medal winner signed a five year deal which ties him with the French giants until 2022. The deal smashes the previous world record of Manchester United, as Barcelona was paid a staggering QR966 million (€222 million).
Gulf expert Christopher Davidson said: “This signing can demonstrate that Qatar is still viable, still able to have international influence and still able to be serious player in international soccer.”
However, the transfer will likely draw serious scrutiny over concerns that PSG is overtaking UEFA Financial Fair Play rules.
Meanwhile, both the player and the club are totally concentrating on the game and winning tournaments.
PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi said in a statement:
“It is with immense joy and pride that we welcome Neymar Jr. to Paris Saint-Germain. 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.”
Neymar said he was looking for ‘new challenges’ in his farewell speech to the Barca fans and explained that it was time to move on.
He said: “I accepted PSG’s proposition to try new achievements and help the club to win the titles that their crowd wants. They showed me a daring career plan and I feel ready to take on this challenge.”