04 Aug PSG makes intentions clear by signing Neymar
Paris Saint-Germain has just spent over R3.5 billion on a player. That is right Neymar da Silva Santos Junior is now a PSG player.
The Brazilian simply known by his first name, Neymar, is joining Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona for an astronomical amount which makes him the most expensive player in the world.
PSG have signalled their intentions of dominating, not only French football, but the European game as well.
This comes after they watched Monaco win Ligue 1 last season.
Les Parisiens have now broken the world record transfer fee. The 222 million euros spent on Neymar is more than double the previous record when Manchester United spent 105 million euros for Paul Pogba.
Many will ask if the attacker is worth the kind of money PSG is spending. To answer that question one has to ask legends from his country Brazil and there are not too many greats (if any) greater than Pele and Ronaldinho.
“Now everyone is talking about (Lionel) Messi; he is a star. But (to be the best ever) he must first become better than Neymar,” Pelé once said. “At the moment Messi is just more experienced.”
“Neymar is young though, and I can’t explain how special he will become,” Ronaldinho said. “In the next two or three seasons he will become the best player.”
The skills have always been there. Many saw this talent when he was still a youngster at the Santos Academy in his homeland.
Insiders suggest Neymar is making the move to try and win the Ballon d’Or.
“Neymar’s entire career has been taken step by step by step, with the idea of not only winning club titles but winning the World Player of the Year award,” Brazilian football expert Tim Vickery told British television network Sky Sports.
The attention will be on the 25-year-old and his new side PSG.
PSG kicks off their 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign against Amiens as they try to regain the league title. The match will be live and exclusive on channel 249 (Fox Sports Africa 2).
Their rivals Monaco take on Toulouse.
This weekend’s Ligue 1 TV schedule is as follows:
- August 4 at 20:45: AS Monaco vs Toulouse FC on channel 243 (Sports Life).
- August 5 at 16:45: Paris Saint-Germain vs Amiens on channel 249 (Fox Sports Africa 2).
- August 5 at 20:00: AS Saint-Etienne vs OGC Nice on channel 243 (Sports Life).
- August 6 at 14:45: Lille vs Nantes on channel 249 (Fox Sports Africa 2).
- August 6 at 17:00: Angers SCO vs Girondins de Bordeaux on channel 243 (Sports Life).