David Luiz Unveiled by PSG, Described as 'Best Defender in World,' Wears No. 32

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterAugust 7, 2014


David Luiz was formally unveiled at Paris Saint-Germain after completing his £50 million transfer earlier in the summer, and at Thursday's press conference, it was confirmed that he will wear the No. 32 shirt.

The number was last worn by David Beckham, who had a short spell with the club at the end of the 2012/13 campaign.

.@DavidLuiz_4 qui parle du projet du @PSG_inside #BemVindoDavidLuiz pic.twitter.com/wvwq26GIsP

— PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) August 7, 2014

Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the PSG president, also made the bold call that Luiz was currently the best defender in the world:

#PSG owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi introducing £50m David Luiz: "David is the best defender in the world." Hurt my back falling off a chair!

— Jeff Weston (@jeffnorthlondon) August 7, 2014

Luiz spoke to the media during the conference, talking of his partnership with Brazil team-mate Thiago Silva (which is expected to become the PSG first-choice pairing), the 2014 World Cup and more:

David Luiz: "Had the World Cup ended at the quarter-final stage, you wouldn't be asking questions about my ability." pic.twitter.com/OBU0lvgIU5

— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 7, 2014

David Luiz: "Thiago Silva and I are confident in each others and we have trust when playing. We both always give our best on the pitch."

— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStats) August 7, 2014

In addition, Al-Khelaifi appeared to rule out a move for Angel Di Maria during the course of the press conference, which means that Luiz might be the last high-profile arrival at PSG this summer. 

PSG confirm that they have ended discussions for Angel di Maria. Will he stay at Real? http://t.co/jF95pvpOzP pic.twitter.com/CF6DbNZBHp

— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) August 7, 2014