It’s on! Neymar is smashing the transfer record to move to Paris Saint-Germain.
And one of the first to congratulate the Brazilian superstar was teammate Lionel Messi.
He paid tribute to the 25-year-old. He wrote in an Instagram post: “It was a great pleasure to have shared all these years with you my friend Neymar. I wish you good luck in this new stage of your life. See you tomorrow.”
The want-away star responded to the post saying: “Thank you brother.. I will miss you uncle!”
Later, Luis Suarez, the third link in the Barca attacking trio, also wished his “little bro” good luck.
“My friend i wish you the best in everything that comes!!! Also thank you for your support, for everything that i learned with you and for the unique moments that we spent together!!!! Keep like this and never change love you little bro,” he wrote.
The dramatic move confirms what Football.com and other media outlets have been saying for days. Neymar is on his way out of the Camp Nou.
He will earn $1,025,425 (£775,477) a week when the world record transfer is completed.
His wages will equate to 45m euros $53m (£40.3m) a year before tax.
Barcelona have told the French club they must pay his $262m (£198m) fee “in full” and they are understood to be ready to let him go.
It means PSG’s total outlay across the initial five-year deal will come close to $530m (£400m).
Neymar arrived at training with his father after returning from the club’s preseason tour and told Barcelona he wants to leave.
He was given permission by manager Ernesto Valverde not to train and to “sort out his future”.
The striker will be joining ex-teammate Dani Alves (right) in Paris.
The deal looks set to make the Brazilian the best-paid player in the world, overtaking Carlos Tevez who is said to earn $813,215 (£615,000) per week at Shanghai Shenhua.
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