Lucas Moura is preparing for a Parisian fútbol experience…
The 20-year-old Brazilian soccer star has been named the newest member of the Paris Saint-Germain soccer club.
Moura has signed a contract with the team through June 2017, a deal that involved a transfer fee of 45 million euros (about $60 million) to his former squad, FC Sao Paulo.
Moura was publicly presented at a special ceremony at the Islamic Art Museum in Doha, since PSG is currently in Qatar, where the club’s owner lives.
Moura thanked his countryman, sports director Leonardo, for the role he played in arranging the transfer.
“Choosing PSG is a challenge … for me. Leonardo helped me a lot in my decision,” he said in remarks published by the L’Equipe Web site, adding that he wouldn’t have been able to finish out the season at Sao Paulo.
“PSG has a long history of Brazilian players and I hope to be able to write a new page of this history and give happiness to the fans,” said Moura.
Moura went on to mention that he’s aware that everyone has high expectations for him, saying he’s confident he won’t let them down.
Qatari team president Nasser Al-Khelaifi also paid tribute to Leonardo at the presentation, saying “without him, we would not have had Lucas Moura,” whom he characterized as “one of the best players in the world.”
After undergoing a series of medical exams that found no sign of any physical problems, Moura was scheduled to take part in his first practice wearing his new jersey on Tuesday afternoon.