Neymar’s father surprised with son’s decision to join PSG

Neymar‘s decision to join Paris Saint-Germain may have come as a shock to Barcelona fans, but the move also took his own father by surprise.

The beloved Brazil icon shattered the world transfer record with a €222-million move to the French capital, a move that left Barcelona scrambling to find a replacement and bolstered PSG’s attacking ranks to excess. The “will he, won’t he” story dominated headlines in July until it was finally completed on Aug. 3.

That same day, Neymar posted a message to his fans on Instagram, admitting, “For the second time in my life, I’ll contradict my father,” and asked for his blessing despite the fact that, as his agent, Neymar’s father stood to make millions from the move. Still, Neymar Sr. never thought it would happen.

“Neymar’s decision to come to Paris took me by surprise,” Neymar Sr. told French TV show Telefoot, as quoted by ESPN FC’s Mark Rodden. “We had an offer last year but we didn’t reach an agreement. This time PSG’s offer was very interesting. The idea of winning the Champions League and the league pleased him.

“The truth is that it was …read more