On Sunday, August the 13th, the ex-Barcelona player Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar Jr., played his debut match for the French team Paris Saint-Germain. For those who haven't been following Neymar as carefully and desire to obtain more knowledge about the most expensive transfer in soccer history, this article is for you!
On August 4th, 2017, after quite a few rumors, PSG was able to sign Neymar Jr. after negotiating a $263 million deal with Barcelona. Besides the contract rescission payment, Neymar will also be earning a rough $50 million annual salary and will be wearing the number 10 shirt. At this price, Neymar became the most expensive transfer in soccer history, more than double the previous highest transfer, which was the $123 million Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba.
Many questioned Neymar's decision, but this Sunday at the Roudourou Stadium, PSG's investment seemed to begin its payoff. PSG's second match for the French league was against Guingamp, and Neymar proved himself essential in the 3x0 victory. The Brazilian superstar scored a goal and an assist, and made it clear that he wants to be PSG's key player. With an outstanding performance, Neymar was elected man of the match. Furthermore, Neymar touched the ball 128 times, his second highest tally in league games. After a wonderful match, it is safe to say that Neymar has made an exceptional choice by leaving Barcelona and joining this renowned Parisian team. He will be able to emerge from Messi's shadow, and at PSG play with Daniel Alves, a former Barcelona and current national team companion, as well as Lucas Moura, whom he has known since he was six, and two other Brazilians, Thiago Silva and Marquinhos.
As for PSG and Barcelona, both of them have been on top of their game. Although the French team spent a fortune on their new star player, they are confident that ticsales will quickly earn them their money back. On Neymar's first day in France, the fans bought all 10 thousand shirts being sold in the team's two official stores in Paris. Furthermore, Oryx Qatar Sports Investments, which is PSG's owner, has made Neymar the official cover boy for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which will surely render a lot of money. Barcelona on the other hand, is already aiming to use the money gained from Neymar's transfer to fix other major players. They were attempting to persuade the Brazilian player Philippe Coutinho, but the negotiations were not fulfilled. Nonetheless, Barcelona has already fixed an agreement with the Chinese team Guangzhou Evergrande over Brazilian player Paulinho.
This is a new stage for the world's newest most valuable player, and surely all Brazilians wish him the best of luck!