Neymar admits he was attracted to PSG due to 'ambition' of club

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Neymar's arrival has also left many observers wondering why the club hasn't invested in other positions, since PSG's attacking force was clearly not a problem last season. One user tweeted about the buyout price being incredibly expensive and joked that Neymar should be cloned 153 times instead with said price.

Instead, it was all about making PSG an elite European soccer team.

Too many a time, there have been cases where player expresses a desire for a new challenge, is no longer motivated by the prospect of turning out in his present colours and is offered no way out due to a contractual agreement that made no provision for one.

"I don't think £200 million for Neymar is expensive", admitted the Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, whose club previously broke the record last summer by paying £89 million to Juventus for Paul Pogba.

Al-Khelaifi also denied that the pursuit of Neymar was revenge for Barcelona's interest in Marco Verratti, as has been suggested, and hailed the signing of the best player of the world as a key moment for PSG as they target the Champions League along with domestic success.

Neymar said: "It's been the most hard decision of my life".

In doing so, Neymar has become the world's most expensive player - with the £198m transfer smashing the previous record of £89m set by Paul Pogba when he moved to Manchester United from Juventus past year. Neymar's plans for membership in PSG sparked huge controversy in the football world with Spanish La Liga refusing to accept the payment for the striker's release, accusing the French football club of breaking UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules by trying to pay the record-breaking clause.

The forward completed his $263 million move to the French capital Thursday just a week after Barcelona officials had said he was "200%" staying with the Catalan club.

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"I had to think, rethink about what I wanted to do and achieve in my life".

"I'm really sad that people still think that way and I'm glad that PSG believe in me".

Gaspart - who was in charge of Barcelona when Luis Figo controversially moved to arch rivals Real Madrid - has likened Neymar to the Portuguese midfielder, claiming "they are two players who go through the back door". "Its not that I wanted to be the big star at Barcelona", he said "That's not what I'm looking for here".

When asked about supporters feelings who felt the Brazilian "betrayed" them, Neymar said: "At no point did I lack respect to the supporters or the club". I lived in a city that is more than a city, it is a homeland.

"Before Neymar the value of the club was $1 billion". I was alone and he is already accompanied by Neymar.

Neymar is hinting that his father was opposed to his signing with Paris Saint-Germain.

PSG midfielder Javier Pastore has relinquished the No.10 jersey to Neymar as a "sign of welcome".

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