Brazil forward Neymar says it is “sad” that people think his world-record move from Barcelona to Paris St-Germain was motivated by money.
The 25-year-old joined the French club for a fee of 222m euros ($262m) and he will earn 45m euros ($53.27m) a year.
Neymar, who is “ready to play” in PSG’s first league match on Saturday, also said his price tag was “not a burden”.
PSG chairman Nasser Al Khelaifi added that Neymar could have earned more money at another club.
Asked if he was motivated by money at his official unveiling at the Parc des Princes, Neymar replied: “What I say to these people is they don’t know anything about my personal life, I was never motivated by money.
“If I was following the money, I would be somewhere else, with other clubs in other countries. I’m really sad that people still think that way and I’m glad that PSG believe in me.”
Al Khelaifi added: “Neymar came here for motivation, a project that he believed in. He can get much more money than we give him, that’s for sure”.