From Paris, where he will spend the next years, Neymar posted a video on his social media accounts, telling his public goodbyes to Barcelona, and also explaining the reasons he decided to move to PSG.
The life of an athlete is made by challenges. Some are given to us. Others are fruits of our own decisions to keep the light that illuminates our career, which is intense, but short
a rather emotional Neymar started saying in his native Portuguese.
Barcelona was much more than a challenge, it was the dream of a child who played with those stars through the video game. I arrived at Catalonia when I was 21 years old, filled with challenges. I can still remember my first days in the club, sharing the changing room with idols like Messi, Valdes, Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol, Pique, Busquets and many others
the Brazilian then said, before singling out one specific former teammate.
I had the honour of playing with the best athlete I’ve ever seen in my life and I’m sure that I will never see another one like him while I’m alive. Leo Messi became my friend in and out of the pitch. It was an honour to play with you
Neymar said. Then, it was time to explain what made him leave Barcelona.
Barcelona and Catalonia will always be in my heart, but I need new challenges. I accepted PSG’s proposition to try new achievements and help the club to win the titles that their crowd wants. They showed me a daring career plan and I feel ready to take on this challenge
the Brazilian star explained. Interestingly, during his message, he implied that his father did not agree with his PSG choice, but still stood by his decision, once he realized that this is what his son really wanted.
For the second time in my life, I’ll contradict my father. Father, I understand and respect your opinion, but my decision is made and I ask you to support me as you always do
were Neymar’s words.