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Neymar Snr points at his prodigal son during a charity five-a-side match in Sao Paulo last year Neymar Snr points at his prodigal son during a charity five-a-side match in Sao Paulo last year
Evangelisti Maggiorino | 08 Agosto, 2017, 15:05

Amid the visitors' dejection and Lionel Messi's euphoric leap into the stands, the match highlighted two important problems: PSG were still well short of becoming champions of Europe, and Neymar could no longer be contained within Messi's mighty shadow. Besides this, the Brazillian became the highest paid footballer in the history of this game. It's been staring at Barcelona, too, for months.

Pastore, who will now move back to the number 27 he wore between 2011 and 2016, said: "It is a little gift to say, 'Welcome to Paris'".

On claims he is motivated by his new reported annual salary of $A44m, Neymar added: "These people don't know anything about my personal life".

Opposite to all speculations and rumors surrounding this transfer, Neymar said that his father wanted for him to stay in Barcelona. "I never lacked respect for the fans". PSG will be hoping Neymar can immediately regain the Ligue 1 crown taken from them by Monaco last season, but his ultimate task will be providing the European glory craved so desperately by the cash-rich Qatari owners.

But they didn't have long to wait as Falcao got the goal his industry, if not accuracy, deserved on 58 minutes, holding off Francois Moubandje to power home Jorge's deflected cross. Even in July, they were deaf to talk of his departure. Vice-president Jordi Mestre claimed he was "200 per cent sure" that he would not go, while technical secretary Robert Fernandez stated categorically that nobody would be audacious enough to pay the clause. Now remains to await the arrival of one of its three young women in the French capital, and will answer a certain way given. It's left them with full pockets and a humiliating mess to sort. It is sign of where the game is going.

"Let's have an open mind".

In 2001, Real Madrid broke the record again by bringing in World Cup and European Championship-winning France midfielder Zidane from Juventus. The wolves are at the boardroom door.

Ernesto Valverde, a rather safe choice as head coach, has a mighty challenge on his hands.

Barca's squad needed a refit before the Neymar bandwagon trundled off towards the Parisian sunset.

That is not a slight on Assombalonga, a promising forward who may yet prove a top flight success. Not since Ronaldinho swapped PSG for Camp Nou 14 years ago has a single deal heralded such a dynamic status shift for the teams concerned. If things continue in this manner for much longer, that figure will simply become the norm when Europe's richest decided top quality reinforcements are needed. A hard-charging attacker and a lethal finisher, Suarez has been perhaps the ideal complement to Messi. The Welshman scored important goals in the 2013-14 finals of the Champions League and Copa del Rey.

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