Paris Saint-Germain fans got their first chance to see Neymar inside the Parc des Princes but the world’s most expensive player left the pitch after 24 minutes.
Just like the fans, Neymar will be watching from the stands when PSG opens the French league season against Amiens later on Saturday.
The French league did not receive Neymar’s international transfer certificate before Friday night’s deadline despite his $262 million (222 million-euro) move from Barcelona being completed the previous day.
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So Neymar was reduced to providing Saturday’s pre-match entertainment. Pyrotechnics were discharged as the Brazilian emerged from the players’ tunnel and then he briefly addressed the crowd.
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Neymar said in Portuguese “I’m happy to be here, I want to win many trophies with you. I will need your support.”
There was just one phrase in French – “Paris est magique” (Paris is magic) – before he juggled a ball.