Brazil's Lucas Moura was presented Tuesday as the newest member of the Paris Saint-Germain, or PSG, soccer club, with whom he signed a contract through June 2017 involving a transfer fee of 45 million euros (about $60 million) to his former squad, FC Sao Paulo.
The 20-year-old Moura was publicly presented at the Islamic Art Museum in Doha, since PSG is currently in Qatar, where the club's owner lives.
At the ceremony, 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 would not 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," Moura said, going on to mention that he is aware that everyone is expecting a lot from him and he is confident he will not 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 the new jersey on Tuesday afternoon. EFE