I told Neymar ‘best choice’ was Barca – PSG star’s father

Date published: Monday 2nd October 2017 8:55 - Joe Williams

Neymar’s father has revealed that he told his son to remain at Barcelona before eventually supporting him in his ambition to play for Paris Saint-Germain.

The Brazilian joined the Ligue 1 outfit over the summer for a world-record €222 million fee and left Barca after four years and 105 goals.

And Neymar Sr. claims that the former Santos forward would still have been at the Catalan giants if he had followed his advice.

“I was the one who hesitated until the last moment,” he told TF1’s ‘Telefoot’. “I told him that the best choice was to stay but he wanted to take a risk.

“It was difficult, but Neymar wanted this challenge and we supported him.

“We were all proud when he was presented at PSG. To see Neymar projected onto the Eiffel Tower was incredible. He loves everything here.”

Despite rumours he joined PSG to win the Ballon d’Or, Neymar’s father claims that he is more interested in team trophies.

“To help Paris win the Champions League motivated him,” he continued. “If Neymar should win the Ballon d’Or, he will, but I don’t think that he really wants it. If he wanted that he could have remained at Barcelona.

“We signed a five-year contract, so we have five years to win the Champions League with PSG.”

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