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Neymar signs five-year deal with PSG in world-record transfer

Published:Thursday | August 3, 2017 | 12:00 AM
In this Saturday, June 6, 2015 file photo, Barcelona's Neymar celebrates with the trophy after the Champions League final match between Juventus Turin and FC Barcelona at the Olympic stadium in Berlin. - AP
In this Saturday, May 9, 2015 file photo, FC Barcelona's Neymar celebrates after scoring against Real Sociedad during a Spanish La Liga match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. - AP

Neymar has become the most expensive player in football history after completing his blockbuster transfer to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona on Thursday for €222 million (US$262 million).

PSG triggered the release clause in the forward's Barcelona contract, which was more than double the previous transfer record set a year ago when Manchester United paid €105 million (then US$116 million) for Paul Pogba.

PSG said in a statement that the 25-year-old Neymar had signed a five-year contract, until June 2022.

PSG said "his arrival into the Paris Saint-Germain family emphasises more than ever the club's aims to rise to the top of world football."

In his four seasons in Spain, Neymar scored 105 goals as Barcelona won the Champions League, Club World Cup, two Spanish league titles and Copa del Rey three times.

Neymar is escaping the shadow of five-time world player of the year Lionel Messi at Barcelona, and will become the biggest star in the French league in a team without the track record of success to match his former club.