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Neymar-PSG move was not for the money and becomes second highest-paid footballer in the world [See top 10]

Brazil forward Neymar says it is “sad” that people think his world-record move from Barcelona to Paris St-Germain was motivated by money.

The 25-year-old joined the French club for a fee of 222m euros (£200m) and he will earn 45m euros (£40.7m) a year.

Neymar, who is “ready to play” in PSG’s first league match on Saturday, also said his price tag was “not a burden”.

PSG chairman Nasser Al Khelaifi added that Neymar could have earned more money at another club.

Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar, is now the second-highest paid player in the world.

The 25-year-old completed his world-record move to Ligue 1 on Thursday, after PSG activated his £200m release clause.

He is already the highest-paid footballer in Europe, but only second to Shanghai Shenhua’s Carlos Tevez in the world.

Here’s the current top 10.

1. Carlos Tevez (Shanghai Shenua) £615,000-per-week

2. Neymar Jnr. (Paris Saint-Germain) £515,000-per-week

3. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) £500,000-per-week

4. Oscar (Shanghai SIPG) £400,000-per-week

5. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) £365,000-per-week

6. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) £350,000-per-week

7. Hulk (Shanghai SIPG) £320,000-per-week

8. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) £290,000-per-week

9. Graziano Pelle (Shandong Luneng) £290,000-per-week

10. Wayne Rooney (Everton) £260,000-per-week

Mwiza Ritah

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