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Neymar joins Paris St-Germain for world record fee of €222 million
December 16 2017, 10:34 | Perry Erickson
PSG's attempt to buy out Neymar's Barcelona contract is rejected by La Liga
"He did not come here for the money". "He has come for the project".
However, FIFA handed them the 2022 WC and even made the rather freaky decision of shifting dates to November-December which will disrupt the European club football calendar.
Neymar thanked al-Khelaifi for the "new challenge, at PSG, in this wonderful city".
"The world-record transfer of Neymar is the latest example of how football is ever more the domain of a select group of rich, mostly European-based clubs".
PSG chief Al Khalifi said the club will comply with UEFA on following the FFP regulations.
The record-demolishing deal has drawn criticism, with some saying it contravenes UEFA's Financial Fair Play restrictions which aim to stop clubs spending too far beyond their earnings. It becomes very hard to respect the financial fairplay because you can have different ways or different interests for a country to have such a big player to represent a country.
"But an athlete needs challenges - and for the second time in my life I will do the opposite of my dad", he said.
Brazilian soccer star Neymar who completed a world record 222 million euros ($264 million) transfer from Barcelona to PSG appeared in his first press conference in Paris and declared the move was "one of the most hard decisions" of his life.
At the press conference PSG chairman Nasser Al Khelaifi described Neymar as an "idol" and "the best player in the world".
The 25-year-old Neymar is due to be presented to the media at the PSG stadium later Friday, a day after his 222 million-euro ($262 million) buyout clause from Barcelona was activated.
"I am extremely happy to join Paris Saint-Germaine", said Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, after he officially signed wth PSG.
"It was a tense time, thinking about what I should do in my life".
Neymar says, "I'm always hungry for football, and I think I can play".
He also denied that he had exhausted of playing second-fiddle to Lionel Messi at Barcelona.
One of the criticisms of Barca's evolution in recent seasons since Pep Guardiola's departure as coach in 2012 has been that graduates from the club's once famed La Masia academy have not been given a chance as the club turned to star signings such as Suarez and Neymar.
Having lost their first leg match 4-0 in France, Barcelona was trailing 5-3 on aggregate in the 88th minute in Spain, only for Neymar to score twice in the final minutes before Sergi Roberto's victor in added time sealed a humiliating exit from the Round of 16 for PSG.
Paris Saint-Germain lost an incredible Champions' League match to Barcelona in March.
"He signed with us to win all possible trophies", the Qatari businessman added.