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Neymar vows to win 'lots of trophies' as Brazil forward is presented to PSG fans

World record signing spoke to the crowd inside the Parc des Princes stadium ahead of Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 opener against Amiens.

Neymar poses for a photograph with the fans during his presentation at the Parc des Princes. John Schults / Reuters
Neymar poses for a photograph with the fans during his presentation at the Parc des Princes. John Schults / Reuters

Brazilian forward 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.

Neymar, 25, 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."

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Fans unfurled a huge red banner emblazoned with Neymar's name and No 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," the former Barcelona and Santos forward said. "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.

The Brazilian, who cost a world record €222 million (Dh960m), 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'.

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.

* Agence France-Presse