Neymar’s transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain has, unsurprisingly, lit up the footballing world this summer.
The Brazilian star’s £198million move may has rocked the world, and we now face an anxious wait to see whether the 25-year-old can possibly justify his huge price tag.
But in an emotional statement announcing he had officially left Barcelona and joined PSG, Neymar made one fairly surprising admission.
In the lengthy message, Neymar claimed he went against his Dad’s advice to sign for the Parisian club.
This is surprising for a couple of reasons – the received wisdom up until now was that it had been Neymar’s father who had been pressurising him to leave Barca.
Neymar Senior is his son’s agent and representative, and will reportedly earn an incredible €36million from his son’s move to Paris.
But in his message to fans on social media, the Brazilian said he is going against his father’s wishes for only the second time in his life.
He said: “But an athlete (YO) needs challenges.
“And for the second time in my life I will take the opposite of my father.
“Papa, I understand and respect your opinion, but my decision is taken, I ask you to support me as you always have.”
We’re not sure what the first instance of Neymar going against his Dad was, but it’s interesting to see him making a deliberate point of saying in his statement that he is defying his father’s will.
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