Neymar: Happiness of my family came before money in PSG move

Reuters  Andrew Boyers

Reuters Andrew Boyers

The statement added that the decision was made after the approval of television channels set to broadcast the match.

The Brazilian, whose 222 million euros ($261.32 million) signing from Barcelona doubled the world-record transfer fee, was prevented from making his debut against Amiens as his registration had gone through too late.

Neymar thanked al-Khelaifi for the "new challenge, at PSG, in this wonderful city".

Meanwhile, there was still bitterness in Spain over the player´s exit with Barcelona insisting they won´t pay a 26 million euro ($30.8 million) bonus to Neymar for renewing his contract with the Catalan giants in 2016.

"We hoped that some PSG players would have their minds turned to partying because of Neymar, but they were all serious", Amiens coach Christophe Pelissier said.

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Neymar may not have been in contention to play 90 minutes anyway, having had only one training session with his new club, though he should be more or less match fit after playing a number of pre-season friendlies with Barcelona.

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"There is anticipation because of the football he plays and his will to show it to the world", said Alves, who previously won La Liga, the Champions League and Club World Cup alongside Neymar at Barcelona.

PSG chairman Nasser Al Khelaifi said the 25-year-old could have earned more money at another club, but didn't specify which club, and that he joined PSG for "motivation, a project that he believed in".

On Thursday, the soccer news received word of something that we all new was coming eventually, that being Brazilian superstar Neymar leaving Spanish power Barcelona behind to venture off to begin his life with PSG in France. Saturday's ceremony caps a marketing blitz by PSG, which on Friday sold 10,000 replica shirts printed with Neymar's name and registered 500,000 euros in merchandise sales, news channel BFM TV said. I am here to help the team to win as many titles as possible.

Amiens is not the type of fixture that PSG requires a game-changing dynamo up front like Neymar.

The Uruaguayan led the line in the absence of £198million-man Neymar - who has not received global clearance to make his debut. He will not be able to play football throughout his life so he needs to make hay while the sun shines. He did not come here for money I can assure you.

Neymar says he's ready to get down to business for the club.

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