‘I would have paid less for myself’: Neymar admits he’s ‘not proud’ to have cost PSG £198m as Brazil captain suggests his true value is lower
- Neymar became the world’s most expensive footballer when he joined PSG
- PSG paid £198m to buy the player out of his Barcelona contract last summer
- Brazil captain Neymar has admitted that he is ‘not proud of the transfer fee’
- He said: ‘I cannot help it. Personally, I would have paid less for myself’
Neymar became the world’s most expensive footballer when PSG activated a £198million release clause in his contract with Barca.
He enjoyed an impressive debut season in France — scoring 19 goals and providing 13 assists in 20 Ligue 1 games — but he does not believe that his performance have been able to justify his price tag.
Neymar has admitted PSG paid over the odds when they signed him for £198m from Barcelona
‘I’m not proud of the transfer fee, nor of the fact I’m the most expensive player ever,’ he told spox.com. ‘That’s just money and nothing else. I cannot help it. Personally, I would have paid less for myself.’
Neymar broke his right foot in February but is fit again and ready to lead Brazil’s bid for global glory at Russia 2018.
Despite his concession about his transfer fee, 26-year-old Neymar is proud of how his career has panned out so far.
He added; ‘I always wanted to be special. That was my goal very early – actually from the moment I started playing football for a club. That was at the age of 11. It may sound clumsy, but from then on I’ve tried to get better every single day and get to my best.
‘I really worked and sacrificed every day of my life to become a professional one day. That was the only dream I ever had. I dreamed of playing for Santos’s first team, being invited to the national team and one day going to Europe. It was not foreseeable at the time that I would succeed, but I kept thinking about it. There was nothing else for me.
‘I’m proud that I’ve achieved my childhood goal. That was, and is, most important to me. As a player you always have to show who you are and assert yourself. Just referring to the transfer fee does not help you and says nothing about how good you really are.’
But Neymar said he is proud of his career as he prepares to lead Brazil at the 2018 World Cup
Author: Nancy Parker
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