My son had to leave Barcelona and 'idol' Messi — Neymar's father

Lured from AC Milan at great expense in 2012, and followed soon after by the capture of Zlatan Ibrahimovic from the same source, centre-back Thiago Silva has since proven to be a major foundation of PSG's pre-eminence in Ligue 1, which was only interrupted by Monaco against the odds last term.

But Aulas could not help aiming a barb at his big-spending rival in his message posted on Twitter: "Congrats to Nasser for the realization of this worldwide unique operation: I'm impatient to know about the real costs of the operation". "I will play where the coach wants me to".

Neymar has completed his record-shattering transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, signing a five-year deal with the French club after it triggered his 222 million euros ($263m) release clause.

'Messi is the star and will always be the star.

"There were three conditions: the player must not negotiate his departure from the club during the month before the bonus became payable, he must demonstrate his desire to fulfil his contract, and that we would not pay out the bonus before September 1, to ensure the transfer window was closed". I think my son has been a man, shown respect [to Messi] and now he has to go his own way'.

"That's not what I'm looking for here".

A naturalised Italian but born in Brazil, Thiago Motta also beat a march from Milan to PSG in 2012, but came from Inter rather than the Rossoneri.

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

A league official tells The Associated Press that the Spanish league refused to accept the payment and won't act as an intermediary for the player.

French President Emmanuel Macron is welcoming the likely arrival of Brazilian soccer star Neymar at Paris-Saint Germain in a record $262 million deal.

Debut: "Playing football is what I enjoy most in life and if I can play tomorrow [against Amiens at the Parc des Princes] I want to".

Last week, reports claimed that Neymar Sr, who has been a powerful influence in his son's career, had urged PSG to delay formalising the move for Neymar until after July 31.