Paris Saint Germain (PSG) completed the sensational world record transfer for Brazilian superstar Neymar Jr and the French giants made sure the world was watching.
Neymar's 222 million euro ($263 million) move from Barcelona to PSG has been making headlines for weeks and, on Friday, the French outfit officially unveiled the 25-year-old as a PSG player and the club's Qatar based owners and fans made sure their newest talisman got the grandest welcome possible.
Neymar arrived at Paris amid huge fanfare with people lining up on the streets to catch a glimpse even hours before his private jet touched down at the Paris airport. Even the iconic Eiffel tower was lit up in Brazilian colours.
The Brazilian attended his first press conference as a PSG player alongside club chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi at the Parc des Princes, before being presented with the number 10 jersey.
"I wanted to come to Paris and it was only linked to finding a new challenge. It is not because I was not the star at Barcelona, I fitted in very well there. This is not what I am looking for here," Neymar said during his presentation.
"PSG deserve trophies and I will have new trophies, this is what motivates me, I want to dream bigger," he added.
Although he said it was one of the most difficult decisions he had ever had to make, he expressed his happiness to join PSG.
"It was one of the most difficult decisions I have ever taken. I was at a great club at Barcelona, I have friends there and it was not easy to leave at all. It was very tense moments, I had to think and re-think about what I wanted to do in my life, I leave very good friends behind, but that is football. Things go fast in football," he added.
"I want to thank all my friends at Barca, they welcomed me so well but it was the right time to leave. I spoke with the Brazilian players here and they were happy for me to come here," the former Santos player continued.
Neymar left an emotional goodbye message for Barca fans and teammates on his social media account.
Neymar said he was ready to take part in Paris Saint-Germain's first Ligue 1 match of the season against Amiens at the Parc-des-Princes home stadium, which has been delayed for 15 minutes to present him to fans.
Neymar did take part in the PSG practice alongside his new teammates but is unlikely to feature against Amiens.
"I am hungry for football, I always want to play so yes, I am ready for tomorrow against Amiens," he said.
Both Neymar and al-Khelaifi confirmed that ambition and motivation were the reason why the Brazilian joined his new club, not money.
"I was never motivated by money. If I was following the money, I would be somewhere else, with other clubs in other countries," Neymar said.
"Neymar came here for motivation, a project that he believed in. He can get much more money than we give him, that's for sure. If he came for money, he could go to other clubs for even more money," said al Khelaifi.
(With inputs from IANS)