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

Sky Sports News' Bryan Swanson was in Paris as Neymar's £200m move to PSG was confirmed

"We've been chatting the entire month, sending text messages, calling each other", Neymar said on Friday during his first press conference in Paris.

Brazilians have played a defining role throughout PSG's 47-year history, with a number of big names being associated with the French club.

Shock and disbelief are the main themes in people's reaction to the move, and it will take some time before the reality settles in their minds.

While the Provence side's 'Champions Project' has largely been about moulding a team with a French core, the arrival of Gerard Lopez at Lille has brought a very different flavour to the northern club.

The player travelled to Porto by private jet from Barcelona surrounded by his entourage, including his father and agent Neymar Sr, after saying goodbye to his Barca teammates.

It didn't help them win the title or the coveted Champions League, but Draxler's signing still looks to be a masterstroke.

Neymar, for whom PSG had to pay Barca 222m euros (£200.6million), will reportedly earn 30m euros (£27m) net per year, or around 575,000 euros (£520,000) each week after tax.

Neymar is expected to arrive in Paris on Thursday. Go ahead and fill in the punchline for moving from one top heavy league to another.

Neymar insisted that money was not a motivation in deciding to join Paris Saint-Germain and said that he would not be burdened by his 222 million price tag.

"It is with immense joy and pride that we welcome Neymar Jr to Paris Saint-Germain, PSG president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, President told the club's official website. Neymar will allow PSG to pursue their quest of becoming a global football brand and, sportingly, he is among the three best strikers in the world".

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This means that for every goal a player in Ligue 1 scores, he is awarded with half a point less than a player who scores a goal in the other four leagues mentioned above.

Instead it was used as an open door for the Parc des Princes club to profit from.

"I wanted to come to Paris and it was only linked to finding a new challenge". I want something bigger, a greater challenge. To do my best.

Asked why he chose PSG he replied; "For the ambition; they have the same desire as I do".

"I have never been motivated by money".

Super Mario appeared to have found a new lease of life after leaving Liverpool for Nice last August, as the Italy striker scored six times in his first five league games. Waiting for a situation that may or may not happen would have stagnated Neymar's form without allowing any scope for growth.

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