Five things about Neymar as he completes move from Barcelona to PSG

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Neymar has left Barcelona and joined Paris St Germain in a world-record deal worth 222million euros (£200.6million).

Here, Press Association Sport lists five things about the Brazil striker.

Family first

Neymar is guided by his family. His father, Neymar Santos Sr, is his agent, is a former player himself and earned his son his first sponsorship deal at the age of 17.

Neymar has a tattoo of his sister Rafaella Beckran’s face on his arm, while in turn she has Neymar’s eyes on hers.

Nearly the Real deal

He has made his name with Barcelona but could have joined Real Madrid as a 14-year-old.

He travelled to the Spanish capital but said he chose the “cultural values” of growing up in his home country. He described it as “my first serious choice”.

Resting the pressure of moving to Europe was not always easy. Neymar Sr told the New York Times how strangers would approach him in the street and tell him to send his son overseas.

Never blowing bubbles

He scored his 100th professional goal on his 20th birthday in 2012.

By this point, the Santos man had been the subject of interest from West Ham, with the player himself admitting he had talks with the club’s hierarchy via video link-up.

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Neymar scored 54 goals in 103 appearances for Santos.

Star of the silver screen

In June 2016, Vin Diesel said that Neymar would be starring alongside him in the action film Return of Xander Cage. He went on to play himself.

In the film, a character played by Samuel L Jackson tries to recruit Neymar to join the National Security Agency.

His fame extended to him being named on the TIME 100 list of the most influential people in the world – the only footballer on the list.

Sneaker freak

Neymar is a keen collector of trainers and once spent more than £14,000 on them in one shopping trip.

He has his own collaboration with Nike and basketball great Michael Jordan, the ‘Air Jordan v Neymar’.

He described meeting the six-time NBA champion as one of the happiest moments of his life.

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Barcelona release statement confirming Neymar's intention to leave as PSG move nears completion

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Neymar has officially informed Barcelona of his intention to leave the club, according to a statement released on Barcelona’s website.

“The player Neymar Jr, accompanied by his father and agent, has informed FC Barcelona this morning of his decision to leave the Club in a meeting held at the Club’s offices,” the statement says.

Barcelona confirmed that the €222million euro release clause in Neymar’s contract will have to be paid “in its entirety” in order for the Brazilian to be leave.

PSG are said to be ready to pay that amount, although there have been reports that either Barcelona or La Liga could report the French club to UEFA for being in breach of Financial Fair Play (FFP).

Both the club and the league allegedly believe that PSG cannot pay the full amount without violating FFP.

The Catalan club also confirmed that they are withholding a loyalty bonus in Neymar’s contract, which was due to be paid to Neymar on Monday. According to the statement, “the club has once again made it clear that the amount remains deposited with a notary until the case is resolved.”

Barcelona president Josep Vives is due to comment on the matter. In the meantime, the club maintain that Neymar “remains under contract at FC Barcelona but with temporary permission to not take part in training sessions.”

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Barcelona allow Neymar to miss training as he tells team-mates he's leaving for PSG

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Barcelona have given Neymar permission to miss training amid speculation of a world-record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Brazil forward has been heavily linked with a €222 million move to the Ligue 1 club this summer.

And Barcelona confirmed on Wednesday the 25-year-old had been allowed to miss training.

“The player came to train as scheduled and announced to his teammates that he is leaving. The coach has given him permission to not train and to manage resolving his future,” a Barcelona source told AFP.

The club tweeted: “Neymar Jr hasn’t trained with the permission of the coach”.

Neymar told team-mates he was leaving the club before departing from the training ground, according to reports in Spain.

The former Santos player has a contract with Barca until 2021, but PSG, deposed by Monaco as French champions last term, appear prepared to activate his release clause.

That would make Neymar the most expensive signing in history, more than doubling the record fee Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba last summer.

In his three seasons in Catalunya, Neymar has helped Barca win LaLiga twice, the Champions League once, three Copa del Reys and the FIFA Club World Cup.

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