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Perfect PSG start for Neymar as he scores on his debut

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All the attention was on the 25-year-old as he made his competitive debut for PSG, and he didn’t disappoint with a goal and an assist against Guingamp

There was a certain irony that on the evening that Paris Saint-Germain paraded the most expensive signing in the history of football that it was one of their youth products who made the breakthrough.

Sadly, for Jordan Ikoko, he now finds himself contracted to Guingamp and on the night his club featured in what will probably prove to be their most-watched match ever, it was little short of a personal disaster that he planted a back pass into the bottom corner of his own goal under pressure that could only charitably be described as moderate.

Neymar was, of course, the main attraction, the man everyone had come to see. He did not disappoint, showing numerous flashes of his world-class ability and ending the match with a goal and an assist.

His strike at the end – a simple six-yard tap in from an Edinson Cavani pull back – was richly deserved as he had regaled the crowd with a display worthy of one of the game’s elite players.

“If the Roudourou had 200,000 seats, we could fill them all,” Guingamp head coach Antoine Kombouare commented when it became evident that the Brazilian’s first competitive appearance as the world’s most expensive player could come at his side’s tight home ground.

The tiny Breton town – little more than a village – was an unlikely setting for a €222 million footballer to make his bow, having last week become twice as expensive as any player in the history of his profession.

His introduction at the Parc des Princes eight days previous proved to be more of an event than PSG’s 2-0 victory over Amiens and on Sunday the guests were similarly frustrated before being gifted their quite incredible opener.

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And there was a festival atmosphere at Stade du Roudourou, where the home fans fancied their chances against their expensive opponents. Guingamp, after all, have made a habit of tripping Unai Emery’s men up in recent years, with a 2-0 success over the capital side just before Christmas last season making their task of regaining their title nearly impossible.

Neymar has been signed to regain that crown and to aid the Parisian side in becoming Europe’s premier outfit. It did not take him long to show that he has the potential to elevate PSG to previously unattained heights.

His first possession of the ball in his new colours nearly resulted in an assist; a sharp through pass towards Angel Di Maria was only marginally over hit.

 In the second half, a similar situation resulted in a goal for Edinson Cavani. Gathering the ball around the halfway line, the Brazilian played a perfectly judged pass for the centre forward that allowed him the time and space required to put the game out of sight.

There were few signs that Neymar will need any time to settle down. He took up the role as PSG’s playmaker in chief, often coming off his role on the left wing to drift into space, enjoying a more integral role to the workings of his team than he was offered at Barcelona.

Already there is ample evidence that he will be offered the opportunity to express himself as a more multi-dimensional footballer than would be possible at Camp Nou, where Lionel Messi is, understandably, untouchable.

Fitness will certainly not be an issue. He was a blur of perpetual motion, motoring around the field at high speed each time he was involved. More than once he caught unwary defenders in dangerous areas owing to his industry.

Ronaldo tried to stop Neymar from leaving Barcelona

 They may have been on different sides of the most famous rivalry in world club football but it has emerged that Cristiano Ronaldo reached out to Neymar Jr to warn him off a possible transfer to Paris Saint-Germain before the deal sailed through.

The Brazilian forward was on the cusp of a mega-money move to the French capital but according to Spanish news outlet Don Balon, Ronaldo sent Neymar a message via a sponsor they both share.

The Portuguese reportedly told Neymar he understands his desire to escape from Lionel Messi’s shadow but nevertheless he’s making a mistake by joining PSG.

Ronaldo himself has been linked with a move to the French team but nothing came out of it.

Apparently his advice was not heeded as Neymar has since made the switch in a mouth-watering £196m monster transfer deal that will earn him a reported £515,000 a week.

Neymar scored more than 100 goals in four years with the La Liga club but will now wear the famous No. 10 shirt previously won at the club by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and fellow Brazilians Ronaldinho and Rai.

Neymar officially seals world record move to PSG

The Ligue 1 giants have more than doubled the previous mark for a transfer set by Paul Pogba and Manchester United as they welcome the Brazilian

Paris Saint-Germain have smashed the world transfer record by completing the €222 million signing of Neymar from Barcelona on a five-year contract.

The Brazilian had been continually linked with a move away from Camp Nou over the summer, and had declined to clarify his own future as the PSG rumours grew stronger.

And after weeks of denials, mixed messages and reports, he has finally been confirmed as the Ligue 1 club’s latest signing on Thursday night.

“Paris Saint-Germain are very pleased to announce the arrival of Neymar Jr,” the Parisiens said in a statement on their official website.

“The Brazilian attacker signed a five-year contract in the presence of club and player representatives. Neymar Jr is now tied to the club of the capital until June 30, 2022.”

Earlier on Thursday, La Liga attempted to derail the deal by refusing to accept the €222m payment from Neymar’s lawyer, but his representatives paid direct to Barcelona instead.

In the late afternoon Barcelona confirmed they had accepted the bid and a transfer of a player they bought four years ago looked certain.

The fee, equivalent to Neymar’s buyout clause, shatters the existing record of €105m, set last year by Paul Pogba.

PSG’s new star went for over double the price paid out by Manchester United for the ex-Juventus midfielder, setting a new precedent in world football.

Neymar emerged as a teenage wonderkid at Santos, winning the Copa Libertadores in 2011 before switching Brazil for Catalunya.

After moving to Camp Nou in 2013 the Brazilian hit 105 goals in 186 games for Barca, forming part of the formidable MSN forward line alongside Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.

Having gone trophyless in his debut season Neymar celebrated the treble in 2014-15, adding a further Liga and two Copa del Rey trophies in the following two campaigns as well as a host of other team and individual titles.

Neymar stranded as La Liga rejects his transfer

Neymar has attempted to pay the €222million (£198m) fee to release him from his contract with Barcelona – but La Liga has rejected it.

A sports lawyer working for the player, Juan de Dio Crespo, deposited a cheque with the Spanish League on Thursday morning but the payment has not been accepted.

A La Liga statement read, ‘We can confirm that the lawyers of the player have come to La Liga to deposit the clause and that it has been rejected. It is all the information we will give so far.’

Neymar – who has delayed his arrival in Paris until Friday – is now in a race against time to register with the French league so he can make his debut on Saturday against Amiens. He needs to register a provisional transfer by Friday to make it in time to kick-off PSG‘s first match of the season.

La Liga president Javier Tebas in an interview with AS, said he would not accept the clause because of the doubts over PSG’s financing.

He said, “In terms of PSG, it is a clear case of financial doping, with the club and the state. PSG’s accounts show that they have a larger commercial income than Real Madrid and Manchester United, which is to say that the value of their brand is greater than those clubs. Well, that is impossible.”

He added, “We will not accept that money from a club like PSG that, without belonging to La Liga, want to embrace the rights of our organisation.”

Neymar bids final goodbye to Barca teammates as he leaves for PSG

Neymar BarcelonaThe Brazil international is set to travel to the French capital to complete his €222 million move after bidding farewell to his Barca team-mates

Barcelona have confirmed that Neymar has been given permission to miss training as his move to Paris Saint-Germain closes in.

The Brazil international arrived at the Blaugrana’s training ground on Wednesday, only to leave soon after as he bids farewell to his team-mates.


The club confirmed the development with a short message on Twitter that read: “Neymar Jr. has been given permission not to attend training.”

Neymar will now travel to the French capital to complete his world-record €222 million move to the Ligue 1 outfit.

 He is set to earn €30m a year in wages as the club’s marquee name while his father, Neymar Sr., is set for a €40m windfall as part of the deal.

The deal is expected to be finalised by the end of the week, with PSG kicking off their Ligue 1 campaign on Saturday against Amiens.

Barca, meanwhile, are preparing to face Chapecoense in the Joan Gamper Trophy before a double-header against Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup ahead of the new Liga season.

Real Madrid 2 Barcelona 3: Neymar Pique Messi scores

Barcelona celebrate a goal against Real Madrid

 Goal from Ivan Rakitic, Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique helped Barcelona to Clasico success and the ICC trophy on Saturday.

Barcelona claimed the International Champions Cup after prevailing 3-2 in a thrilling Clasico encounter against bitter rivals Real Madrid.

The United States edition of the pre-season tournament went to Barca thanks to Lionel Messi, Ivan Rakitic and Gerard Pique in Miami on Saturday amid the growing uncertainty over Neymar’s future at Camp Nou.

It was far from a friendly clash at Hard Rock Stadium as Barca and LaLiga-Champions League titleholders Madrid went head-to-head on American soil, the former storming out the blocks.

Goals from Rakitic and Messi put Barca 2-0 up inside seven minutes but Mateo Kovacic reduced the deficit shortly after and Marco Asensio equalised nine minutes before half-time.

Gerard Pique restored Barca’s lead in the 50th minute as Barca beat Manchester City to the ICC trophy, while Madrid ended the tournament without a victory.

Sergio Ramos took to the field for the first time during pre-season as Zinedine Zidane named his strongest XI minus the absent Cristiano Ronaldo and Toni Kroos, with Gareth Bale, Marcelo, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric headlining the side.

Barca also fielded a strong line-up, Ernesto Valverde including Paris Saint-Germain target Neymar, Messi, Luis Suarez, Iniesta and Pique.

There was an early scare as Neymar hobbled off the field in the second minute with an apparent ankle injury but he made his way back onto the pitch as Barca broke the deadlock.

Messi dribbled into the box, cut past Modric and curled the ball past Keylor Navas, albeit with some help from a deflection.

It got better for Barca four minutes later when Rakitic drilled a low shot into the bottom corner of the net.

Neymar used the outside of his boot to flick the ball to Suarez, who dummied it through to Rakitic and the Croatian finished powerfully to leave Madrid stunned.

Out of sorts early, Madrid managed to halt Barcelona’s momentum against the run of play after Kovacic arrowed a fierce shot past Jasper Cillessen in the 15th minute.

Neymar almost got in on the action following Suarez’s run out wide but the Brazil international’s shot went just wide of the post after his dizzying control to beat Raphael Varane.

Madrid continued to live dangerously as Messi weaved his way into the penalty area, however Navas was quick to deny the Argentine star.

But Madrid capitalised on the counter-attack to draw level in the 36th minute after Asensio played the ball to Kovacic and received it back before finishing coolly inside the near post.

Barca reclaimed the lead five minutes into the second half as Neymar and team-mate Pique linked up.

After a winning the free-kick, Neymar whipped in a teasing delivery and an unmarked Pique lost his opponent before volleying into the net.

It should have been a fourth for Barca in the 55th minute after Neymar rounded Navas but he fired wide following some fancy work from Messi, while Suarez was denied by the Costa Rican moments later and Samuel Umtiti had his shot cleared off the line.

At the other end, Isco drove forward and tried to find the bottom corner but Cillessen used his outstretched arm to keep Barca ahead.

Transfer Rumour: speak up, Iniesta urges Neymar

'We want this noise to be cleared up' - Iniesta urges Neymar to speak out on PSG links

The veteran midfielder does not want to see his team-mate leave Barcelona but wants him to announce a decision over his future either way.

Andres Iniesta is ready for the Neymar transfer saga to come to an end and believes the onus is on the player himself to say whether he is staying or going.

The Barcelona midfielder, who referred to the reports linking his Brazilian team-mate to a blockbuster move to Paris Saint-Germain as “noise”, claims that everybody involved would like the drama to end, but says the 25-year-old is the only one who can make that happen.

 s conference ahead of Saturday’s El Clasico in Miami. “But the only way is for Ney to speak out.

“We want him to stay with us, but we also want this noise to be cleared up, whether it is for the player himself or for the club. Restoring the peace would be to everyone’s benefit.”

While the midfielder would like for Neymar’s situation to be cleared up soon, he was also adamant that no matter how much money came back to the club, it wouldn’t be worth losing one of the best in the game.

“[Neymar] is one of the best players in the world and he is giving us so much,” he said. “I hope he will be at Barca for a long time, it is my only wish.

“I cannot see how 200 or 300 million would benefit the team more than having him. I want the best in my team and he is one of the best.”

Neymar was caught on camera tangling with Barcelona team-mate Nelson Semedo in a heated training ground bust-up, and the unsavoury scenes only served to heighten speculation about the forward’s proposed €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Iniesta, though, says that the altercation is just something that happens from time to time at training.

“It is a situation that forms part of training. It is not usual, but it does happen.”

Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez also chimed in on the transfer rumours, saying that everybody at Barcelona wants him to stick around.

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