Neymar to miss opening game with PSG after record signingComments
World-record signing Neymar greeted delirious fans at a grand welcome event at Paris St Germain’s stadium on Saturday, but must sit out the French club’s League 1 opener after his transfer was not registered in time.
Neymar debut on hold: World’s most expensive player to miss Paris Saint-Germain league opener over paperwork issues https://t.co/HTgqlkoqih— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) August 5, 2017
PSG doubled the world record for a transfer fee this week when they agreed to pay 222 million euros to lure the 25-year-old Brazilian forward from Barcelona on a five-year contract.
Saturday’s ceremony caps a marketing blitz by PSG, which on Friday sold 10,000 replica shirts printed with Neymar’s name and registered 500,000 euros in merchandise sales, according to reports on BFM TV.
The #Neymar transfer to PSG: bigger than many funded humanitarian appeals in 2017. Source: UNOCHApic.twitter.com/xkOWHiKOtj— PJ Kleiweg (@PJKleiweg) August 4, 2017
And they’ll have to keep it up to make sure they’re able to pay Neymar’s wage bill of 30 million euros a year and a total expected transfer cost of around 450 million euros.