If you are not living under the rock, well you should know that the landmark deal for Brazilian star Neymar has been completed.
The football community and the social media have been awash with pictures of the player in the jersey of his new employers.
Paris St-Germain broke the £100 million barrier to get the former Barcelona forward. The deal doubled the previous world record held by Paul Pogba who moved from Juventus to Manchester United last summer. Pogba moved for £89 million plus other fees totaling £100 million. However, Neymar’s deal cost the state-backed Ligue 1 giants a whopping new record fee of £198 million. With the inflation in the transfer market, the £1 billion mark should not be too far off before it is broken.
Newcastle United paid record £15 million to Blackburn Rovers for Alan Shearer in 1996; Inter Milan added almost £5 million more for Ronaldo de Lima the following year before Real Betis broke the £20 million barrier for Denilson. Records were also broken for ChristianVieri, HernanCrespo, Luis Figo, and Zinedine Zidane. (more…)
Former Arsenal player Denilson believes that the current Brazilian team has a great chance to shine at the Russian World Cup.
However, he admitted that it might be a bit difficult for them to win the competition as there are some other big teams that will be at the tournament.
But he feels that the team is on a good path and that they are showing signs that they are progressing.
He said that it had been a difficult moment for the Brazilian team ever since the last World Cup where they were humiliated by Germany. He said that there was such an expectation from the fans and that they were disappointed with the way the team performed in the tournament.
However, he feels that the team has managed to bring back some glory after the win in the Olympic Tournament and that fans are gradually getting back behind the team.
Denilson said that results have also improved on the pitch with the team at the top of the qualifying table and he believes that they will become better.
He said that now the team plays like a team and that they are not over-reliant on Neymar. He said that the team in the last World Cup did not have any playing style and that they were always looking towards Neymar to bail them out. (more…)