Neymar Bids Farewell To Barcelona On Instagram

Brazil forward Neymar took to the social media after his world record €222 million transfer to Paris St Germain deal was finalized to say farewell … Continue reading Neymar Bids Farewell To Barcelona On Instagram

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Brazil forward Neymar took to the social media after his world record €222 million transfer to Paris St Germain deal was finalized to say farewell to the Spanish side and to explain his reasoning behind making the jump to PSG.

In an Instagram post, he said: “The life of an athlete is made by challenges. Some are given to us, some are fruits of our own decisions. Those decisions are to keep the light that illuminated our career which is intense, but short. Barcelona was much more than a challenge. It was the dream of a child who played with those stars in video games.

“I arrived in Catalonia at 21 years of age, filled with challenges. I still remember my first days in Barcelona… I shared a dressing room with idols like Messi, Valdes, Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol, Pique, and Busquets and many others. I was waiting for my turn to play for the club that is ‘mes que un club’.

“Barcelona is a nation that represents Catalonia. I had the honour to play with the best athlete I’ve seen in my life & I’m sure I won’t see anyone like him while I’m alive. Leo Messi became my friend in and out the pitch. It was an honour to play with you.”

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Neymar hailed the attack formed by Messi, Luis Suarez and himself as one for the history books.

“I made a trio with Messi and Suarez that made history, conquered everything an athlete can conquer, lived unforgettable moments. I lived in a city (Barcelona) that’s more than a city. It’s a homeland. I love Barcelona and I love Catalonia, but an athlete needs challenges.”

However, the post goes on with the 25-year-old explaining that he needs a new challenge and that he would be going against his father’s wishes by making the move to Paris.

“And for the 2nd time in my life, I will contradict my father. Father, I understand and respect your opinion, but my decision is made and I ask you to support me like you always do.”

Neymar went on to say that he’s accepted the challenge of joining PSG as part of a daring “career plan” and that he hopes he can help the club achieve its goals, before thanking the Barca fans and players for their support.

“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 win the titles its crowd wants. PSG showed me a daring career plan, and I feel ready to take on this challenge. I thank the wonderful blaugrana crowd, and everything learned with the great athletes that I shared the dressing room with. Now I feel in my heart that it’s time to leave.

‘PSG will be my home for the next years and I will work hard to honour all the trust put in my football. I’m counting on the support of all you who’ve been with me since 2009: fans, friends, professionals who are with me, and family. It’s a very hard decision, but I made it with the maturity I accumulated throughout 25 years. Barcelona, gracies per tot. Paris, j’arrive. May God bless us and protect us.”

La vida de un deportista se mueve por desafíos. Algunos son impuestos, otros son fruto de nuestras decisiones. El Barcelona ha sido más que un desafío. Jugaba con aquellos cracks en el video juego. Llegué a Catalunya a los 21 años, lleno de desafíos. Recuerdo mis primeros días en el Club, compartiendo el vestuario con ídolos como Messi, Valdés, Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol, Piqué, Busquets y otros con la expectativa de jugar en un Club que es “més que un club”. El @fcbarcelona es una nación que representa a Catalunya! Tuve el honor de actuar con el mayor atleta que he visto en mi vida y estoy seguro que no veré a otro mejor, @leomessi se convirtió en mi compañero, amigo dentro y fuera del terreno de juego. Orgulloso de jugar contigo. Formé un ataque con @leomessi y @luissuarez9 que ha quedado para la historia. He conquistado todo lo que un deportista puede conquistar. He vivido momentos inolvidables! Vivo en una ciudad que es más que una ciudad, es una patria. Amo Barcelona y Catalunya. Pero un deportista (YO) necesita desafíos. Y por segunda vez en mi vida le llevaré la contraria a mi papa. Papa, entiendo y respeto tu opinión, pero mi decisión está tomada, te pido que me apoyes como siempre lo has hecho. El @fcbarcelona y Catalunya estarán siempre en mi corazón pero necesito nuevos desafíos. He aceptado la propuesta del @psg para buscar nuevas conquistas y ayudar al Club a alcanzar los títulos que la afición espera. Me han presentado un plan de carrera osado y me veo preparado para este desafío. Agradezco el cariño de la afición blaugrana y todo lo que he aprendido con los deportistas con quien he compartido vestuario. Asimismo siento en mi corazón que ha llegado el momento de irme. El @psg será mi nueva casa durante los próximos años y trabajaré para hacer honor a la confianza que depositan en mi futbol. Cuento mucho con el apoyo de todos. Aficionados, de mis amigos, de los profesionales que me acompañan y de mi familia, que ha sufrido mucho con problemas que han ocurrido en este periodo de mi carrera y merecen paz. Es una decisión difícil, pero tomada con la madurez de mis 25 años. @fcbarcelona , gràcies per tot! @psg , J’arrive! Que Dios nos bendiga y nos proteja!

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