Neymar: "I needed a new challenge"

4 August 2017

The newly fledged forward of PSG Neymar has said goodbye to Barcelona. The Brazilian was playing in Catalonia since 2013, he has moved to Paris for €222 million, having become the most expensive football player of the world.

Neymar: "I needed a new challenge"

"Life of the sportsman is full of challenges. I have come to Catalonia when I was 21-year old and shared a locker room with such football players as Messi, Valdés, Iniesta, Xavier, Puyol, Piqué, Busquets. For me Barcelona was more than just a club. It represents the whole region.

I was honored to play in one team with the strongest football player of the planet. Leo Messi was my friend even outside the football field. I am proud of the fact that I was playing with him.

For the second time I had to go against the will of my father. Father, I respect your opinion, but this is my decision. I want you to continue to support me as you always did. I was lucky to experience many nice moments. I have won everything I could. Barcelona became for me not just the city but the homeland. I love all Catalonia. Barcelona will stay in my heart forever but I needed a new challenge.

I have accepted the proposal of PSG as I want to help this team to achieve all goals and to win trophies. This decision was not easy for make but I am ready to a new challenge. For some years PSG will be new home for me".

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