Neymar Transfer from Barcelona Officially Announced by PSG

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistAugust 3, 2017

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 26:  Neymar Jr. of FC Barcelona looks on during a training session at FC Barcelona Sports Centre on May 26, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Neymar has completed his transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record fee. 

News the deal had gone through came on Thursday, with the Brazilian signing a five-year contract at the Parc des Princes, per the club's official Twitter feed: 

Paris Saint-Germain @PSG_inside

Paris Saint-Germain is very happy to announce the arrival of Neymar Jr ➡ https://t.co/lKFj4qPDYA #BemvindoNeymarJR 🇧🇷 https://t.co/rSvlBiKX6D

The Ligue 1 side wrapped up the move after agreeing to meet the €222 million (£200.5 million) buyout amount in Neymar's contract, as confirmed by a statement on Barcelona's website.

ESPN FC's Jonathan Johnson relayed Neymar's reaction to the deal:

Jonathan Johnson @Jon_LeGossip

Neymar: "The biggest challenge, what most motivated me to join my new teammates is to help PSG to conquer the titles that their fans want."

Jonathan Johnson @Jon_LeGossip

Neymar: "I played 4 seasons in Europe & I feel ready to take the challenge." #PSG

Football writer Liam Canning is thrilled at the prospect:

Liam Canning @LiamPaulCanning

Can't help but absolutely love the hype over this Paris Saint-Germain announcement for Neymar. Rightly so as well. History made.

The transfer brings an end to four years at the Camp Nou for Neymar. During his time as a Barcelona player, he won the UEFA Champions League, two La Liga titles and the Copa del Rey on three occasions.

Neymar also established a reputation as one of the best footballers on the planet and made the final three-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or in 2015, eventually finishing third behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

As these numbers from OptaCan illustrate, Neymar was consistent in the final third with the La Liga outfit:

OptaCan @OptaCan

1 - Neymar has been involved in 164 goals in his 186 games for Barcelona. Paris? https://t.co/E1PuQMdjVl

It's the manner in which he plays that makes the Brazilian so special. The blend of panache and productivity is rare in football, and that's why PSG have opted to part with such an extraordinary amount of money to bring him to the club. 

Neymar enjoyed plenty of success at Barcelona.
Neymar enjoyed plenty of success at Barcelona.Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Although Neymar is a man who tends to take everything in his stride, this move will bring about challenges for him. With his new club, he'll be the main man, and expectations will be sky-high following his arrival; if he doesn't help fire the team to major honours, then he'll be considered a disappointment.

However, according to Bryan Swanson of Sky Sports, one of the motivating factors behind Neymar's move was his desire to step out of Messi's shadow:

Bryan Swanson @skysports_bryan

Source in Spain close to Neymar: "90%" likely to leave Barcelona this summer. "Playing second fiddle" to Messi & wants Ballon d'Or. #SSN

In truth, Neymar has little to prove. He's enthralled fans across the world, made astonishing progress in La Liga and shone in some of the biggest matches in the game in recent seasons. They are accomplishments that suggest he will be nothing other than a massive success with his new side.

The fee paid to sign the Brazilian is an extraordinary one, although given his potential longevity, his marketability and talent, PSG will feel as though they are getting value for money. And the club's supporters will be delighted the club have secured him.