Neymar has been announced as a PSG player (Picture: Getty)

Neymar has explained his reasons for quitting Barcelona to seal a world-record £199million transfer to Paris Saint-Germain after the deal was announced this evening.

The 25-year-old has become the most expensive player in football history, more than doubling the £89m Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba just a year ago.

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Long regarded as one of the top footballers on the planet, Neymar joined Barca in 2013 and rose to prominence alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, in what is regarded as one of the finest attacking trios of all time.

However, Neymar has turned his back on the Catalan giants’ history and success for a surprise move to PSG, who have only emerged as a major force in the European game in the last few years.

Neymar has joined PSG for a world-record £198m (Picture: Getty)
Neymar helped knock PSG out of the Champions League last season (Picture: Getty)

Speaking after the move was confirmed, the Brazil international said it was PSG’s ambition that drew him to the the Parc des Princes.

Se firma 😉✅

🖊 @neymarjr

🇧🇷 #BemvindoNeymarJR pic.twitter.com/LHPQ1wzuO9

— PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) August 3, 2017

‘I am extremely happy to join Paris Saint-Germain,’ he told the club’s official site.

‘Since I arrived in Europe, the club has always been one of the most competitive and most ambitious. And the biggest challenge, what most motivated me to join my new teammates is to help the club to conquer the titles that their fans want.

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GAMES TOGHETER: 110
WINS: 84 (76%)
MINUTES: 8.896
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— MisterChip (English) (@MisterChiping) August 2, 2017

‘Paris Saint-Germain’s ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and the energy this brings.

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‘I played four seasons in Europe and I feel ready to take the challenge.

‘From today, I will do everything I can to help my new teammates, to open up new horizons for my club and to bring happiness to its millions of supporters around the world.’

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