I have never been motivated by money, always follow my heart: Neymar

Posted August 05, 2017

Inside World Football's Andrew Warshaw on the Neymar to PSG money.

"I can play tomorrow (against Amiens)".

At a packed Paris news conference, Neymar found it "really sad" to be asked whether the riches on offer were the reason for his decision to swap one of soccer's most illustrious teams - Barcelona has won every major honor multiple times - for a club yet to win the biggest competitions outside of France.

Determined to stick with the player's decision, Neymar's representatives eventually paid the fee at the Barcelona club's offices and got him out.

When quizzed if money was his only motivating factor, the Brazilian said: "These are people who don't know my life".

Neymar thanked al-Khelaifi for the "new challenge, at PSG, in this wonderful city".

Leading coaches such as Arsenal's Arsene Wenger and Manchester United's Jose Mourinho lamented that the move could cause even greater inflation in transfer fees and player wages.

He said: "Today, it might seem expensive, but in two years" time it might not anymore.

Off the pitch, QSI has helped to rid the Parc des Princes stadium of its most violent supporters and has brought sporting stability as well as top quality players to PSG.

Neymar says, "I'm always hungry for football, and I think I can play". "I wanted to come to Paris and it was only linked to my desire for a new challenge, not because I didn't feel like a big star at Barcelona". 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.

They argued that a deal of that size must be in breach of Uefa's financial fair play (FFP) rules.

Neymar said it was a hard decision to leave his friends and colleagues behind in Barcelona, who were disappointed to lose the player commonly seen as Messi's heir at Camp Nou.

Barca deposited the money with a notary as they waited to see whether his move to Paris Saint-Germain would go through.

P.S.G.'s chairman, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, dismissed concerns Friday.

The LFP issued a strongly worded statement hours after La Liga refused to accept a cheque presented by Neymar's advisors for 222 million euro ($260 million) to pay his buyout clause with Barcelona.

He then impressively handled the huge burden of expectation at the World Cup a year later, scoring four goals in five games, before having his tournament ended by a serious back injury that could have left him paralysed in the quarter-final against Colombia.

But Neymar told reporters: "I've done nothing bad". Ligue 1 [French football league] is getting more competitive, and Neymar has signed to win all the trophies we can. "It is the financial potential of the buyer that decides the price of the player", he added.