P.S.G.’s chairman, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, dismissed concerns Friday. “If you are thinking about it,” he said, “go have a coffee and don’t worry about it.
“Before Neymar the value of the club was $1 billion. Now it is $1.5 billion,” he said.
At 25, Neymar is notably younger than the other two men often called the world’s best player, his former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi, 30, and the Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, 32. That age difference makes Neymar arguably an even more valuable commodity than the other two players.
P.S.G., bought by Qatari interests in 2011, certainly can afford him. But while it has plenty of money, the club has not proven itself to be a truly elite European team on the field just yet. Over the last five seasons, it has not made it past the quarterfinals of the Champions League, Europe’s top club competition.
Last season’s elimination was the most…