Ney­mar signs 5-year deal with PSG in world trans­fer record

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Sa­muel Pe­tre­quin and Joseph Wil­son

PARIS» Six years af­ter tak­ing over peren­nial un­der­achiever Paris Saint-Ger­main, the French club’s wealthy own­ers fi­nally got what they wanted by hir­ing Ney­mar — a player they be­lieve will bring them Cham­pi­ons League glory.

The Brazil star be­came the most ex­pen­sive player in soc­cer his­tory af­ter com­plet­ing his block­buster trans­fer from Barcelona for $262 mil­lion on Thurs­day. By pay­ing the re­lease clause in his con­tract, PSG shat­tered the world trans­fer record to sign ar­guably one of the top three best at­tack­ing play­ers in the game, along­side Lionel Messi and Cris­tiano Ron­aldo.

The pre­vi­ous trans­fer record had been set a year ago when Manch­ester United paid $116 mil­lion to bring Paul Pogba back from Ju­ven­tus.

Iron­i­cally, the 25-year-old Ney­mar signed a five-year con­tract with the French league side just five months af­ter play­ing a de­ci­sive role as Barcelona pro­duced a come­back that made Cham­pi­ons League his­tory — at PSG’s ex­pense.

Hav­ing lost their first leg match 4-0 in France, Barcelona was trail­ing 5-3 on ag­gre­gate in the 88th minute in Spain, only for Ney­mar to score twice in the fi­nal min­utes be­fore Sergi Roberto’s win­ner in added time sealed a hu­mil­i­at­ing exit from the Round of 16 for PSG.

Next sea­son, it will be dif­fer­ent. “Paris Saint-Ger­main’s am­bi­tion at­tracted me to the club, along with the pas­sion and the en­ergy this brings,” Ney­mar said in com­ments re­leased by PSG. “I played four sea­sons in Europe and I feel ready to take the chal­lenge. From to­day, I will do ev­ery­thing I can to help my new team­mates, to open up new hori­zons for my club and to bring hap­pi­ness to its mil­lions of sup­port­ers around the world.”

PSG would cer­tainly wel­come the kind of suc­cess that Ney­mar en­joyed in Spain.

In his four sea­sons there, Ney­mar scored 105 goals as Barcelona won the Cham­pi­ons League, Club World Cup, two Span­ish league ti­tles and Copa del Rey three times.

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