Edinson Cavani has landed a record salary en Francia…
The 26-year-old Uruguayan soccer star – a prolific goal-scorer known for his ability to score impressive goals – has signed a five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain.
The defending Ligue 1 champion paid Napoli $84 million – a record in French soccer – for Cavani, who led Italy’s Serie A with 29 goals last season.
Napoli drove a hard bargain, PSG owner Nasser el-Khelaifi said at a press conference to introduce the soccer club’s latest acquisition, though adding that the deal was indispensable to his project of making the Parisian side “the best team in Europe.”
The transfer announced on Tuesday is the fifth most costly in the history of professional soccer.
Cavani, who helped the Uruguayan national team win the 2011 Copa América, will receive a salary of 10 million euros a year.
“I have been able to verify the confidence the team has in me from all the efforts they have made and all the money they have invested in my signing,” said Cavani.
PSG’s first league title in almost two decades was due in great part to the scoring prowess of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who led Ligue 1 with 30 tallies, and the addition of Cavani is likely to take some pressure off of the Swedish international.