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05 August 2017

Neymar will NOT make PSG debut this weekend after making world record £198million move from Barca

NEYMAR will NOT make his Paris Saint-Germain debut this weekend.

Ligue 1 chiefs have confirmed they have blocked the world record £198million Brazilian from playing against Amiens on Saturday – because he does not have international clearance.

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Neymar will NOT make his Paris Saint-Germain debut this weekend[/caption]

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The £198million was trained alongside his new team-mates for the first time on Friday[/caption]

The Brazilian superstar finally completed his exit earlier this week, as hundreds of fans flocked to catch a glimpse of their new hero as he walked the streets.

Neymar, 25, was seen laughing and joking at PSG’s Camp des Loges training ground with the large Brazilian contingent in the squad, as he trained with the club for the first time.

The national captain was pictured alongside former Barcelona team-mate Dani Alves, who joined PSG from Juventus earlier this summer, centre-back Thiago Silva and speedy winger Lucas Moura.

Marquinhos is the fifth Brazilian in the squad.

PSG open their Ligue 1 campaign on Saturday against Amiens, with Neymar stating he is keen to make his debut for the club.

The Brazilian, who signed a deal worth £500,000-a-week AFTER tax, also stated that his move to the Parc des Princes was not motivated by money.


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Neymar had earlier walked out to training with the squad’s other two Brazilians, Thiago Silva and Marquinhos[/caption]

Neymar Jr unveiled by Paris Saint-German after completing world record £200m move from Barcelona
Neymar greeted on the street by PSG Ultra’s

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Neymar: Who is the Brazilian star worth £198MILLION

  • Born on February 5, 1992 in Mogi das Cruzes, Sao Paulo
  • Joined local side Portugesa Santista as a seven-year-old, before mocing to Santos at 11
  • Made his senior debut for Santos at just 17, scoring 14 goals in total his first season
  • At age 18 he led Santos to the Brazilian title and came third in the South American Footballer of the Year award
  • Won man of the match in the 2011 Copa Libertadores final, as Santos beat Penarol – it was the Brazilian club’s first time winning the competition since Pele was playing 1963
  • Eventually left Santos in 2013 after winning three Brazilian titles and scoring 136 goals in 225 matches – all before 21
  • Moved to Barcelona in 2013, with Barca president Josep Bartomeu charged with tax fraud after it was revealed he had paid the star’s parents €40million
  • In five years at the club has helped Barcelona win two La Liga titles, the Copa del Rey three times, the Club World Cup and the Champions League in 2015
  • Has scored 105 goals in 186 matches for Barca, adding 59 assists in that time
  • Fast-tracked into the Brazil national team at just 18, he already has 52 goals in 77 caps – fourth on the all-time list.
  • Has been the Selecao’s permanent captain since 2015

Neymar fever has swept through Paris after the Brazilian's arrival at PSG
Neymar fever has swept through Paris after the Brazilian's arrival at PSG
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Thousands of fans flocked to Parc des Princes to welcome the star's arrival
Thousands of fans flocked to Parc des Princes to welcome the star's arrival
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Neymar said: “I was never motivated by money.

“It was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever made, I was at a great club at Barcelona, I love Barcelona, I have great friends at the club.

“They are fantastic players, it wasn’t easy at all. It was very tense, I had to think, re-think and think again about what I wanted to achieve in my life.

“I’ve left a lot of very good friends behind, but that’s football, things go really fast in football, yhou make friends at every team you play for and that’s everything.

“I’d like to thank my friends at Barcelona but I felt it was the right time to leave and look for something different.

Neymar carries a jersey with his name on after moving to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record fee
Neymar carries a jersey with his name on after moving to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record fee
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Neymar juggles the ball on his head at Parc des Princes during his unveiling at Paris Saint-Germain
Neymar juggles the ball on his head at Parc des Princes during his unveiling at Paris Saint-Germain
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Neymar juggles the ball in front of Parc des Princes' iconic PSG logo
Neymar juggles the ball in front of Parc des Princes' iconic PSG logo
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Neymar shares a hug with his mother Nadine Santos
Neymar shares a hug with his mother Nadine Santos
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PSG have confirmed the £198m signing of Neymar from Barcelona
PSG have confirmed the £198m signing of Neymar from Barcelona
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The French giants unveiled the Brazilian forward on Friday morning
The French giants unveiled the Brazilian forward on Friday morning
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Neymar will earn £515,000-a-week after tax at Paris Saint-Germain
Neymar will earn £515,000-a-week after tax at Paris Saint-Germain
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Neymar and his posse of friends and family pose on the Parc des Prices pitch
Neymar and his posse of friends and family pose on the Parc des Prices pitch
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Neymar insists his transfer to PSG was not money oriented
Neymar insists his transfer to PSG was not money oriented
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The Brazilian showcases his skills in front of the cameras after his record move
The Brazilian showcases his skills in front of the cameras after his record move
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Fans have been buying Paris Saint-Germain jerseys with Neymar's name on the back
Fans have been buying Paris Saint-Germain jerseys with Neymar's name on the back
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Neymar has landed in Paris ahead of his world record transfer
Neymar landed in Paris ahead of his world record transfer to PSG
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Paris Saint-Germain had set up the press conference with Neymar caps on the desk
Paris Saint-Germain had set up the press conference with Neymar caps on the desk
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Neymar has been looking around Parc des Princes
Neymar has been looking around Parc des Princes
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Fans have been snapping up £140 Paris Saint-Germain shirts with Neymar's name on the back
Fans have been snapping up £140 Paris Saint-Germain shirts with Neymar's name on the back
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“I spoke with the Brazilian players at Paris Saint-Germain and they were my friends. I kind of feel at home already.

“I’m really looking forward to starting practice with my new team-mates, I’m looking forward to playing games, and of course trying to achieve the objectives I want to achieve.

“It’s a question of ambition, [PSG] have a very similar ambition to mine.

“I want something bigger, I want a bigger challenge and my heart made that decision and my heart made me follow this ambition. This is why I’m in front of you today, in order to give my best.

“To help this club, to achieve and win trophies.

“I wanted to come to Paris and this was only linked to me willing to find a new challenge. It’s not because I didn’t feel like a star at Barcelona and I wanted to be the big star, I felt comfortable at Barcelona.

“So this is not what I’m looking for in Paris. I’m looking for something new, trophies, this is what Paris Saint-Germain wants, they deserve it and this is why I came here. This is what motivates me, I want to do my best.

Members of the media eagerly awaited Neymar's press conference in Paris
Members of the media eagerly awaited Neymar's press conference in Paris
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Neymar left his house in Barcelona in a taxi
Neymar left his house in Barcelona in a taxi
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“It’s difficult to describe. Right now we have all the right ingredients to sign. My heart told me to sign for Paris Saint-Germain and I did it.

“Of course the challenge might be similar to last year or bigger than last year. I really want to start, train with my team-mates and be happy at the club.”

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi confirmed the club had paid the £198m fee in full to Barca.

The 25-year-old donned a white t-shirt and a black and white baseball cap and was flanked by his father Neymar Sr, who brokered the deal.

Alongside agent Wagner Ribeiro, the Brazilian has been in the pipeline to join PSG all summer, but last night the Ligue 1 giants confirmed their capture.

PSG’s store started selling shirts with “Neymar Jr 10” on the back for £140 each as fans posed with the jerseys.

Meanwhile in Brittany, fans of Ligue 1 club Guingamp were queuing around the block to get tickets for their clash with PSG in the club’s second fixture of the season.

He will complete his switch to Parc-des-Princes after the French club activated his release clause of £198m, which has been confirmed as a Guinness World Record.

Neymar boards the taxi that took him to Barcelona Airport
Neymar boards the taxi that took him to Barcelona Airport
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Neymar was escorted by a policeman to his gate to catch his flight to Paris
Neymar was escorted by a policeman to his gate to catch his flight to Paris
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Neymar left his house in Barcelona before completing his move to Paris Saint-Germain
Neymar left his house in Barcelona before completing his move to Paris Saint-Germain
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Neymar donned sunglasses and a hat as he headed for Barcelona airport
Neymar donned sunglasses and a hat as he headed for Barcelona airport
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Neymar was mobbed by photographers as he arrived at Barcelona Airport
Neymar was mobbed by photographers as he arrived at Barcelona Airport
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Neymar had to make his way through a scrum of photographers and cameramen as he arrived at Barcelona Airport
Neymar had to make his way through a scrum of photographers and cameramen as he arrived at Barcelona Airport
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Paris Saint-Germain fans waited outside the PSG store on the Champs Elysees
Paris Saint-Germain fans waited outside the PSG store on the Champs Elysees
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A Barcelona fan put his arm around Neymar as another asked for his signature as he headed to Paris to complete a world record move
A Barcelona fan put his arm around Neymar as another asked for his signature as he headed to Paris to complete a world record move
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Neymar has already signed a five-year deal at the club worth a whopping £515,000-a-week.

His father and agent were at his side as he put pen to paper on the contract and made history.

Angry Barcelona fans even burned shirts with his name on the back, as they were so incensed by the switch.

Neymar has allegedly become fed up of playing in the shadow of Lionel Messi at Barcelona and wants to make a tilt for the Ballon d’Or in his own right.

In an emotional post on Instagram, Neymar explained why he wanted to make the move.

He said: “I am sure I will never see another one like him while I’m alive. Leo Messi became my friend on and off the pitch. It was an honour to play with you.

A fan pleads with Neymar as he heads for the airport to complete his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain
A fan pleads with Neymar as he heads for the airport to complete his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain
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Neymar leans into his garden as he heads off in a taxi to Barcelona airport
Neymar leans into his garden as he heads off in a taxi to Barcelona airport
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Angry Barcelona fans have been burning their Neymar shirts
Angry Barcelona fans have been burning their Neymar shirts
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“I made a trio with Messi and Suarez that made history, conquered everything an athlete can conquer, lived unforgettable moments, lived in a city that is more than a city, it is a homeland.

“I love Barcelona and Catalonia.”

Neymar will be unveiled on this afternoon in the French capital and again before the Ligue 1 clash with Amiens on Saturday.

He said his father, Neymar Sr, wanted him to stay at Barcelona but he will earn £40.7m a year on a five-year deal.

He said: “I have won all that a player can win.”

Neymar has completed his world record £198m move to Paris Saint-Germain
Neymar has completed his world record £198m move to Paris Saint-Germain
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Neymar gave a message to his social media followers after his move to PSG
Neymar gave a message to his social media followers after his move to PSG
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Neymar said he was delighted to make the move to the French capital
Neymar said he was delighted to make the move to the French capital
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Writing on Instagram, he added: “I have conquered everything an athlete can conquer. I have lived unforgettable moments. But a player [me] needs challenges.

“And for the second time in my life, I’ll contradict my father.”

He told PSG’s club website: “I am extremely happy to join Paris Saint-Germain. Since I arrived in Europe, the club has always been one of the most competitive and most ambitious.

“And the biggest challenge, what most motivated me to join my new teammates is to help the club to conquer the titles that their fans want.

“Paris Saint-Germain’s ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and the energy this brings. I played 4 seasons in Europe and I feel ready to take the challenge.

“From today, I will do everything I can to help my new team-mates, to open up new horizons for my club and to bring happiness to its millions of supporters around the world.”


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