Brazilian superstar Neymar rocked the footballing world when he swapped Barcelona for French side PSG for £200 million last summer.
The 26-year-old’s move to the Qatari owned club eclipsed the previous £89 million World record transfer fee that Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba in the summer of 2016.
Overnight Neymar’s move seemed to have effected the transfer market as a whole, with nearly every other players value seemingly doubling. A player once thought to be worth £50 million all of a sudden became a £100 million player, and some of the transfer fees flying around ever since even for bang average players has been nothing short of mind boggling.
Neymar is currently in Russia preparing for his second World Cup with Brazil, a tournament in which many of predicting the supremely talented attacker will star and elevate himself into the same bracket as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
“I’m not proud of the transfer fee, nor of the fact I’m the most expensive player ever,” he told www.spox.com.
“That’s just money and nothing else. I cannot help it. Personally, I would have paid less for myself. 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.”
Neymar scored 29 goals and provided 16 assists in just 30 appearances for PSG as the French side won a domestic treble, however their failure to make an impact in the Champions League and the general uncompetitiveness of Ligue 1 has lead to speculation that the talented attacker is regretting his record breaking move.
Rumours continue to surface linking his with a move to Real Madrid , Manchester United or even a shock return to his former club Barcelona, and this speculation will only intensify if he is to star in Russia this summer.