Neymar at PSG: Ligue 1 club sell more than 10,000 shirts on first day to make quick million

Paris: Neymar started repaying his mammoth transfer fee on the day he was introduced as Paris Saint-Germain's marquee summer signing with the club selling more than 10,000 shirts bearing his name on Friday.

The 25-year-old Brazilian was signed from Barcelona for a world record €222 million ($264m) but with shirts emblazoned with his name and No 10 on the back selling at an average of €100, PSG generated €1 million on his first day.

Brazilian soccer star Neymar holds his team shirt following a press conference in Paris Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. Neymar arrived in Paris on Friday the day after he became the most expensive player in soccer history when completing his blockbuster transfer to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona for 222 million euros ($262 million). (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Neymar holds his team shirt following a press conference in Paris. AP

If PSG can keep that up, they would have recouped the transfer fee by mid-March, within the first season of Neymar's five-year deal — although in reality that revenue is shared with shirt manufacturer Nike, meaning it would actually take twice as long to pay for the player.

Such is the demand for the shirt at one of two PSG stores, on the iconic Champs Elysees boulevard and the team's outlet at their Parc des Princes home, that shoppers on Saturday will be limited to a single jersey each.

Neymar is due to be unveiled to the PSG fans on the Parc des Princes pitch on Saturday at 3.45pm (13:45 GMT) ahead of their opening Ligue 1 match of the season against newly-promoted Amiens at 5.15pm.


Updated Date: Aug 05, 2017 09:17 AM

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