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Neymar's PSG debut delayed as thousands turn out for official unveiling

The Brazilian superstar was presented to the fans ahead of PSG’s game with Amiens this afternoon.

BRAZILIAN SUPERSTAR NEYMAR received a hero’s welcome from Paris Saint-Germain fans at their Parc des Princes home on Saturday as he vowed to win “lots of trophies” following his world record transfer.

Paris Saint-Germain v Amiens SC - Ligue 1 - Parc des Princes Source: Mike Egerton

The 25-year-old was presented to fans on the pitch ahead of their opening Ligue 1 match of the season at home to Amiens, telling fans: “Thank you! I’m very happy, I’m delighted to be here for this new challenge.”

Fans unfurled a huge red banner emblazoned with Neymar’s name and number 10 before he was brought out onto the pitch.

As he made his way out from the players’ tunnel and onto the turf, they chanted his name over and again: “Neymar, Neymar… Neymar, Neymar!”

“I want to win lots of trophies with you and I need your support to win these trophies,” added the former Barcelona and Santos star.

“Paris is magic!” he said in French before calling out the club’s motto: “Ici, c’est Paris!” — Here, it’s Paris.

The club replicated his linguistic efforts with a message beamed around its digital advertising hoardings in Portuguese: “Bem-vindo Neymar Jr” — Welcome Neymar Jr.

Paris Saint-Germain v Amiens SC - Ligue 1 - Parc des Princes Source: Mike Egerton

The Brazilian, who cost a staggering €222 million, then delighted fans by running over to the end where PSG’s most hardcore supporters converge and launched his jersey into the throng of delirious ‘Ultras’.

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It was the only action they would see from Neymar, though, as his international transfer certificate wasn’t lodged in time with the French league to allow him to make his debut against Amiens.

But the club had already started to recoup a part of their massive outlay on Neymar on Friday as he was unveiled to the press.

More than 10,000 shorts were sold in a single day, bringing in around €1 million.

Paris Saint-Germain v Amiens SC - Ligue 1 - Parc des Princes Source: Mike Egerton

“We have a great star, a great player here with us today,” said club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi as Neymar was introduced to the Parc des Princes.

“Thank you (Neymar) and thanks to everyone. Now we’re going to work hard to win lots of trophies.”

© AFP 2017

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