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Neymar: I followed my heart to PSG — not the money

Neymar: I followed my heart to PSG — not the money
August 04
17:04 2017

Neymar Jr., the most expensive football player in human history, says he followed his heart not the money, in making his multi-million dollar move to Paris St-Germain.

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Speaking at a news conference in Paris, Neymar said “my heart made this decision and I followed my heart”.

Neymar who will be paid about 45 million euros ($53 million) a year, said “money was never my motivation … I want to be happy, and I want my family to be happy. I’m really sad to hear that people think this way”.

“If it was just about money, I could have gone somewhere else,” he added.

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Neymar said he is not burdened by the price tag, which obviously raises expectations from across the footballing world.

“Being the most expensive player in the world is not a burden. I weigh 69 kg. I don’t have a burden on me.”

Neymar denied that he was tired of playing in the shadows of Lionel Messi at Barcelona, he said “it’s not that I wanted to be the big star at Barcelona”.

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“That’s not what I’m looking for here. I’m looking for a new challenge, new trophies, and this is what motivates me.”

“I can play tomorrow (against Amiens). Why not? I’ll speak to the staff, but I really want to play. I haven’t discussed where I will play. I will play where the coach wants me to.”

“I only stopped playing in the last two days and I’m hungry to play football.”

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