For Neymar, the move to PSG was not about the money. pic.twitter.com/6nPce6qt3O — ESPN (@espn) August 4, 2017As well as his undeniable assets on the field, Neymar proved an instant hit at PSG's stadium shop which sold out of shirts with Neymar's number 10 on the back, at a price of between 100 and 150 euros each. "Being the most expensive player in the world is not a burden," Neymar said. "I weigh 69 kg. I don’t have a burden on me."
Neymar: "If I was following the money, I would be somewhere else, with other clubs in other countries." Follow ➡️ https://t.co/NBL5YkQ0qi pic.twitter.com/8cjlUNagdm — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 4, 2017PSG fans may not have to wait long to see their new superstar in action. "I can play tomorrow (against Amiens). Why not? I’ll speak to the staff, but I really want to play. I haven’t discussed where I will play. I will play where the coach wants me to." "I only stopped playing in the last two days and I’m hungry to play football."
On the eve of the new French league campaign, PSG have been made firm favourites to regain the Ligue 1 title they lost to Monaco last season, finishing eight points behind them. However, there has been criticism of the sums involved. FIFpro, the worldwide union of professional footballers, said the deal illustrated much of what wrong with the sport.
Neymar poses with his PSG shirt on the Parc des Princes pitch before having a kick around. pic.twitter.com/nv18AzZG2e— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) August 4, 2017
Neymar will earn £26m a year at PSG but Carlos Tevez remains the world's highest paid player https://t.co/n47uZIRHAB pic.twitter.com/mOfJJWRkZb — MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) August 4, 2017"Football is ever more the domain of a select group of rich, mostly European-based clubs," FIFPro General Secretary Theo van Seggelen said in a statement. "Football’s enormous wealth is trapped within a few leagues and clubs when it could be redistributed more efficiently and fairly to help protect competitive balance. "The transfer rules governed by FIFA are anti-competitive, unjustified and illegal."
Arsenal's French manager, Arsene Wenger, linked in the past with a move to PSG, said player valuations were "beyond calculation and beyond rationality". But the deal has fed hopes in France that Ligue 1 can become a European soccer powerhouse to rival Spain's La Liga, England's Premier League, the German Bundesliga and Italy's Serie A. "Ligue 1 has a bright future and Neymar is an accelerator to this bright future of Ligue 1," said Marc Ingla, director general of top flight French side Lille.
Neymar is aiming high in a PSG shirt ?? pic.twitter.com/zv6P7qISFp— B/R Football (@brfootball) August 4, 2017