“See Paris and die.” So states the popular but overdrive aesthetic description of the capital city of France, Paris. However, this article is not about the tourism qualities of France’ beautiful capital city but about football. Believe it not it has finally happened! Neymar Jr has dotted the I(s) and crossed the T(s), he is now a bona fide Paris Saint Germain player albeit, not before shattering the world record buy of 89million Pounds previously held by Manchester United’s Paul Pogba with the new gargantuan, humongous, astronomical, and earth shaking figures of 200 million Pounds Sterling. Wow!!!
200 million Pounds? o yes it is! The question is, is any player worth that kind of crazy money? me think so because football has changed since Pele, Maradona, and sir Bobby Charlton. More so, commerce has become the epicenter of football. This days we see and hear stuffs like players merchandise, boot deals, club shirts sponsorship, stadium naming rights, and so many others.
Players like Neymar Jr, are able to command astronomical transfer fees and huge pay packets because of their talents, popularity, and commercial viability. Meaning that gone are the days when talents alone describes the personality of a player. Even an average player with a massive appeal can attract a huge fee; in the words of Jose Mourinho. “Neymar’s transfer is not expensive because, aside been talented PSG knows that he is commercially strong.” Lest we forget he said so of Paul Pogba’s transfer too.
He arrived Europe in 2013 when Barcelona signed him from Santos, Brazil and he immediately formed a devastating on and off field telepathic relationship with Messi and Suarez, and together they conquered Spain, Europe, and the world football. MSN as the trio were dubbed won every club diadem there is, amidst plenty goals scored.
Further, Neymar Jr at 25, has amassed 77 caps for his country Brazil and scored a whopping 52 goals in the process. With his extravagant and extraterrestrial playing attributes he led Brazil to win her first football Olympic title at the Rio de Janerio games in 2016. He has 15 tittles in total at club level.
Just after committing to PSG on a 5 year contract which elapses on June 30, 2022 he said the following words:
“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 at the biggest challenge what motivated me to join my new teammates is to help the club to conquer the tittles that their fans want. Paris Germain’s ambition attracted me to the club along with the passion and the energy this brings. 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 teammates to open new horizons for my club and to bring happiness to its millions of supporters around the world.”
Neymar da Silva Santos Junior’s movement to PSG has changed the transfer business forever. In PSG colors, he will wear the No. 10 jersey vacated for him by Javier Pastore. From us at mysoccerdigest.com, we wish him a fruitful experience.