Three days of madness
Neymar Jr's transfer to Paris Saint-Germain was made official on Thursday night and instantly sent shockwaves around the world. All eyes were fixed on Paris, where the world football superstar was welcomed in a fashion befitting his status. But it wasn't until the following morning that the Brazil captain arrived at his new club and sparked three days of hysteria.
A truckload of French and international media waited resolutely for the Brazilian star before he was officially presented at the Parc des Princes. Interviews, photo shoots and meeting the fans, who had flocked to the Parisian arena to celebrate Neymar Jr's arrival. There were breathtaking scenes in front of the Rouge et Bleus' arena while, a few metres away, jerseys with Neymar Jr's name on the back were selling like hotcakes at the Megastore.
The new Parisian number 10 then moved on to the Ooredoo centre to meet his new teammates and take part in his first training session. It was a highly anticipated moment for everyone - and for none more so than the player himself, who declared in his first interview with PSG TV that he couldn't wait to start playing: "I'm very motivated; the club's ambitions are the same as mine, and I love big challenges. I'm ready to play and I want to contribute in any way I can. I jut want to get stuck into training and be ready as soon as possible."
The celebrations reached fever pitch on Saturday, 5 August when Neymar Jr was presented to the Parisian fans at the Parc des Princes, accompanied by Paris Saint-Germain Chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, in the lead-up to the Week 1 Ligue 1 Conforama clash with Amiens, which Paris Saint-Germain won 2-0.
The Brazilian, who watched on from the stands, particularly enjoyed the show his new teammates put on.
Present at the club once again on Sunday, Neymar Jr shone, scoring a goal and providing an assist in the 11 v 11 match at the end of the training session. The Brazilian looked extremely sharp and is set on getting stronger and stronger over the days to come in anticipation of an imminent debut in his new colours. Meanwhile, the world watches on with bated breath…