The biggest transfer ever is complete! Neymar is a Paris Saint Germain player, despite the disbelief of many Paris supporters like myself. After the most compelling of transfer saga Parisien fans around the world can now sit on in delight at “the best player of world” wearing the famous blue PSG strip, in the opinion of Paris owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
Paris splashed a mind-boggling 222 million euros to meet the Brazilians’ release clause and set the footballing world into meltdown. Words can not describe how it feels, after many twists and turns, to see Neymar ready to sport the No.10 in Paris.
I have no doubts that Neymar Jr. is the man Paris Saint Germain have been after in their quest for Champions League glory and here are three reasons why Neymar will live up to his monumental transfer fee…
Since QSI took over the French capital club in 2011 a single phrase has been scribed into club, and now PSG have the man who can make them “Dream Bigger.” Paris Saint Germain have been driven in their aim for European dominance for many years now but have fallen at the same stage every season. Watching Neymar almost himself single handily knock my club in that game last season was extremely painful but now the tables have turned.
Not only do the club have high ambitions and expectations of Neymar – claiming his price will “double” by the time he leaves France – the Brazilian shares the same beliefs. Convinced by the aims of capital club, Neymar only has winning on his mind at Paris Saint Germain. Regaining the Ligue 1 crown may not fill his individual ego with much glory but if Neymar could take the club to Champions League success then he would surely go down as one of the greats of the game.
Money and Expectations
Controversial, but significant. €222m is a lot of money and has certainly divided the fans in two, but I believe the utter magnitude of the money involved can only drive Neymar to perform to his highest ability and prove any doubters wrong.
Becoming the most expensive player of all time – completely shattering the previous record set last summer – comes with added weight and expectations despite what he may claim. The money doesn’t always equal success, just look at Paul Pogba’s record after his record move, but Neymar is a fighter and success with PSG will be inevitable in my opinion. If not, at least he can buy himself a replica kit every minute on his current salary.
Is there anything more I need to say? The 25 year-old has already fought his way into football folklore as Brazil’s ‘golden boy’ and an essential clog in one of the greatest striking trio’s at Barcelona. The stats also speak for themselves. Over One Hundred goals for the Catalan club; 52 goals in 77 games for Brazil and a FIFA Puskas award for a superb solo goal of the year whilst playing for Santos.
Since the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimović last year there has been a leadership and personality void inside the capital club. Neymar unquestionably will fill that void at PSG and reinstate himself as that dominant figure and leader that the side missed throughout the 2016/17 season.
The summer started slowly from a Paris Saint Germain point of view but every Paris fan is over the moon with the new look PSG and the bandwagon that this significant signing will bring. Neymar will be looking for a fast start and could be let out of traps tomorrow against Amiens in front of a upbeat, expectant Parc Des Princes crowd. It’s fair to say the PSG project looks more alive now than it ever has been in the French capital.