Neymar has been tempted to Paris by an astronomical offer that would reportedly see his wages tripled to 30 million euros a year after tax.
Barcelona have confirmed the club has received payment for Neymar's £198m buyout clause, meaning he is now free to complete his world-record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.
"I did the opposite of what my dad wanted", the Brazilian said in a farewell video that he uploaded. This was about ambition. "I remember my first days in the club, sharing the dressing room with idols like Messi, Valdes, Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol, Pique, Busquets and others, with the expectation of playing for more than a club", Neymar recollected as reported by Marca. "I'm looking for a new challenge, new trophies, and this is what motivates me".
However, earlier this week Barcelona made a decision to deposit the money with a notary - instead of directly to Neymar due to the uncertainty over his future - until a solution over whether he will be due the payment is reached.
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It was unclear if Neymar would make his debut when PSG opens its league season Saturday at home against Amiens, a team making its top-flight debut.
"Before Neymar the value of the club was $1 billion".
"I spoke to the Brazilian players here at PSG and of course they were very happy for me to come here", he said as he prepares to link up with Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Lucas Moura and ex-Barca teammate Dani Alves.
He could become Messi's successor as the world's best player - but it will not happen, as Barcelona had long planned, at Camp Nou.
However, Barcelona spokesman Vives has now made it clear that the club won't pay Neymar that money.
He said: "It's not an extra burden". "I weigh 69 kg".
For PSG owner Al-Khelaifi there were no second thoughts when it came to launching an historic bid for the striker who excelled alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez - forming the "MSN" strike force - for four years at Barcelona.
However, in a video posted by Neymar, appreciating Barcelona for the memorable time he spent in Spain, the 25-year-old said: "I did the opposite of what my dad wanted".
"With him our project will grow even stronger".
"Football's enormous wealth is trapped within a few leagues and clubs when it could be redistributed more efficiently and fairly to help protect competitive balance".
This is the biggest percentage increase on the most expensive footballer record since 1932 when Bernabe Ferrerya joined River Plate for £23,000 surpassing the £10,890 paid by Arsenal for David Jack in 1928.
When asked about the unprecedented transfer fee received by Barcelona, Al-Khelaifi added: "Today, it might seem expensive".