I’m not motivated by money – Neymar on leaving Barcelona

Footballer Neymar says he didn't leave Barcelona because of the mega-money deal offered by Paris Saint-Germain

Last week, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) unveiled Neymar, after having bought the player for a record-breaking €222 million – making him the most expensive footballer in the world.

The club has since come under fire from critics who believe it won’t meet Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regulations. But PSG has hit back, saying that it has been transparent since the process began and will continue to be.

“We will work with Uefa and meet Financial Fair Play [FFP]. I have a very good team and if you are thinking FFP, go and have a coffee and don’t worry, we are in good hands,” PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi said at a press conference.

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Neymar has also been slapped with accusations that the only reason he left Barcelona to join PSG is because of the money on offer. The player has vehemently denied this.

“My heart told me it was time to sign for PSG. It was the right time to leave Barcelona. I was never motivated by money. I thought above all else about the happiness of my family, regardless of money,” Neymar said.

“I’m really sad that some people think this is the case.”

Al-Khelaifi added that Neymar could have earned more money with other clubs, but “chose to come here for the project”.

Last week, the Brazilian took to his Facebook page to share a heartfelt and emotional video about his journey with Barcelona.

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“Barcelona was much more than a challenge, it was the dream of a child who played with these stars though the video game. I arrived at Catalonia when I was 21 years old, filled with challenges,” he said in the video.

“I can still remember my first days in the club, sharing the changing room with idols like Messi, Valdés, Xavi, Iniesta, Puyel, Pigué, Busquets and many others.”

He went on to praise Lionel Messi, calling the Argentine the best athlete he’s ever seen.

“I had the honour of playing with the best athlete I’ve ever seen in my life and I’m sure that I will never see another one like him while I’m alive. He became my friend off the pitch,” he said.