VIDEO: Neymar thanks Barcelona fans, explains move to PSG

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Neymar says his move to Paris Saint-Germain is one aimed at making the most of a career whose light can be “intense, but short.”

In a video shared on his Facebook page, Neymar sheds light on the ambition behind his move away from the Camp Nou and to the Parc Des Princes.

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Saying he “conquered everything an athlete can conquer” at Barcelona and heaping praise of teammates Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, Neymar says he wants to accept the challenge of leading PSG to a place it has not been before: the apex of the UEFA Champions League.

The full video is below. Neymar is taking a big chance here, but it’s pretty clear from his words that he feels he needs to win outside of Barcelona and away from Messi to cement his legacy as a player.

The overwhelming $1 million per week salary won’t hurt, for sure, but on the athletic front it’s a huge risk and, perhaps, one worth lauding if he manages to lead Les Parisiens to their long-sought UCL title.