Chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi dismissed concerns Friday: “If you are thinking about it, go have a coffee and don’t worry about it.”
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“Before Neymar the value of the club was $1 billion. Now it is $1.5 billion,” he said.
Neymar is 25, notably younger than the other two men often called the world’s best, Lionel Messi, 30, and Ronaldo, 32. That makes him arguably an even hotter commodity because of the extra years he would be expected to play.
P.S.G., bought by Qatari interests in 2011, certainly has a lot of money, but has not proven itself to be an elite European team on the pitch just yet. Over the last five seasons it has not made it past the Champions League quarterfinal.
Last season’s elimination was the most embarrassing. After beating Barcelona, 4-0, at home in the round of 16, the team seemed finally to have shown itself to be among Europe’s cream. Then Barcelona stomped P.S.G., 6-1, in the return leg. Two of those goals came from Neymar.
After four consecutive French titles, P.S.G. also faltered domestically last season, finishing second to Monaco.
Flush and hungry for success, the team has brought in big stars before, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani. But the signing of Neymar brings it to a new level of expectation.
Neymar has also been used to playing in the comforting shadow of Messi at Barcelona, but now will be his team’s unquestioned superstar.
Neymar has the consolation of being well-compensated by his new team, to the tune of half a million a week.