Neymar won't be making PSG debut Saturday: French league

Published 05.08.2017 00:00
Updated 05.08.2017 01:37
Neymar Jr poses with the club shirt. REUTERS Photo
Neymar Jr poses with the club shirt. (REUTERS Photo)

World record signing Neymar will have to wait to make his Paris Saint Germain debut after the Brazilian's international transfer certificate (CIT) failed to be lodged with the French league by the midnight deadline on Friday, an official said.

Neymar was due to be unveiled to the PSG fans on the Parc des Princes pitch on Saturday at 3.45pm (1345 GMT) ahead of their opening Ligue 1 match of the season against newly-promoted Amiens at 5.15pm.

But the French league (FLP) had not received the document by midnight meaning Neymar will watch the game from the stands at the Parc des Princes instead.

At 30 million euros a year, his 222 million euro-contract will make Neymar the second highest-paid player in the world -- behind Carlos Tevez and his 38 million euros a year at Shanghai Shenhua in China but ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo's 23.6 million euros annual salary at Real Madrid.

The transfer fee shatters the previous world record of 105 million euros set by Manchester United in signing France midfielder Paul Pogba last year from Juventus.

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