PSG over paid to sign me – Neymar opens up
Brazilian star, Neymar, has declared that he is not worth the €222 million (£200m/$262m) Paris Saint-Germain paid to sign him from Barcelona last summer.
Neymar became the world’s most expensive player when the Ligue 1 giants paid the release clause to free him from Barcelona.
The attacker showed his worth in PSG in his first year until an injury brought a premature end to his campaign.
The 26-year-old has said that PSG paid him over, but says he has always wanted to be seen as a “special” player.
Neymar told Spox, “I’m not proud of the transfer fee, nor of the fact that I’m the most expensive player ever. That’s just money and nothing else. I cannot help it. Personally, I would have paid less for myself.
“I always wanted to be special. That was my goal very early – actually from the moment I started playing football for a club. That was at the age of 11. It may sound clumsy, but from then on I’ve tried to get better every single day and get to my best.
“I really worked and sacrificed every day of my life to become a professional one day. That was the only dream I ever had. I dreamed of playing for Santos’s first team, being invited to the national team and one day going to Europe. It was not foreseeable at the time that I would succeed, but I kept thinking about it. There was nothing else for me.
“I’m proud that I’ve achieved my childhood goal. That was, and is, most important to me. As a player, you always have to show who you are and assert yourself. Just referring to the transfer fee does not help you and says nothing about how good you really are.”