Neymar promised to win “lots of trophies” after receiving a warm welcome as he was introduced to Paris Saint-Germain supporters on the club’s opening day win against Amiens in Ligue 1 on Saturday.
Neymar, 25, joined the French club from FC Barcelona for a fee of 222m euros and will earn 45m euros a year, but will only start paying his dues in at least another week.
This was because the most expensive player in the player had been forced to watch from the stands because his international transfer certificate was not lodged in time for him to feature in the match, despite his move from Barca being completed the previous day.
As such, Neymar was only afforded a brief presentation at PSG’s home stadium where he juggled a ball, blew kisses to fans and toss a jersey into the crowd, although later in the day he would have the Eiffel Tower lit in the club’s colours to welcome the him to the city.
“I’m delighted to be here for this new challenge,” said Neymar as he addressed the crowd at the Parc des Princes. “I want to win many trophies with you, (and) I will need your support.”
After 24 minutes on the field, Neymar left to make way for his new team-mates who went on 2-0 win over Amiens, a team playing in the French top flight for the first time.
“Neymar is one of the best players in the world and it’s fantastic for us. We are very happy with his arrival,” Javier Pastore, who scored PSG’s second goal against Amiens, said. “We are only hoping that he has the freedom to play and help us win everything this year.”
“Our style won’t change. It’s similar to Barcelona’s, with possession and a lot of movement. He’s a decisive player. The entire team will help him become the best in the world.”