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August 13, 2017: When Neymar makes his debut for Paris Saint-Germain

New Paris Saint-Germain signing Neymar Jr poses with the club shirt on August 4, 2017.  

Brazilian football star Neymar will be available to make his debut for Qatar Sports Investments owned Paris Saint-Germain at Guingamp on August 13, 2017. On August 4, PSG announced that it had signed the 25-year-old from Barcelona FC for a record $262 million, double the previous record of $118 million paid by Manchester United for French footballer Paul Pogba from Juventus last summer.

 

The transfer was masterminded by PSG president Nasser Al-Khelai who said Neymar,  who will wear the No. 10 shirt, with his "winning mentality, strength of character and sense of leadership" would bring a "very positive energy to the club".

Neymar celebrates with the trophy after the Champions League final between Juventus Turin and FC Barcelona at the Olympic stadium in Berlin on June 6, 2015.

Neymar celebrates with the trophy after the Champions League final between Juventus Turin and FC Barcelona at the Olympic stadium in Berlin on June 6, 2015.  

 

With this audacious buy, the football world is adequately rattled. Arsenal manager Frenchman Arsene Wenger said it was way "beyond rationality" and that anything can happen if a "country owns a club". Barcelona brought up the nancial fairplay issue, but experts pointed out that this was another way of Qatar raising its international sporting prole after its 2022 bid to host the World Cup was mired in controversy.


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