Neymar will be unveiled as a Paris Saint Germain player in an official ceremony on Friday at 1.30pm in Paris – 12.30pm UK time – to end a saga unlike anything seen in football before.
The Brazilian left Barcelona for the last time after completing his world record move to PSG, and touched down in Paris mid-morning on Friday.
He was greeted on the tarmac by recently retired PSG left back and Brazil international Maxwell, now an ambassador for the club, before leaving La Bourget airport amidst a motorcade of people carriers.
Neymar will be unveiled as a PSG player in an official ceremony at 1.30pm on Friday
Neymar arrived at La Bourget airport and left in this motorcade of black windowed cars
The striker earlier arrived at Barcelona airport to catch a flight to Paris where he will be officially unveiled after his £198million transfer.
The fee – the amount which was included in his Barca contract as a release clause – is £109m higher than the previous world record fee, the £89m paid by Manchester united for Paul Pogba.
Neymar was unsurprisingly mobbed as he arrived at departures in Barcelona, both by photographers and by desperate fans.
Two young supporters managed to get close to the Brazilian superstar, one asking for a final autograph, the other putting his arm around Neymar’s shoulder.
The striker was later spotted going through airport security, ahead of his flight to the French capital, completing an astonishing move totally unexpected when the transfer window opened.
Earlier Neymar was pictured leaving his home in the Spanish city as he prepared to fly to Paris
The 25-year-old has signed a five-year contract worth £500,000 a week in Paris
Neymar’s agent Wagner Ribeiro, who helped orchestrate the move, followed the player out
Neymar was accosted by two young Barca fans as he arrived at the airport for his flight
The 25-year-old had to fight his way through crowds of media to check in for his flight
Neymar eventually made it through the crowds and was spotted going through security
Earlier Neymar was pictured leaving his home in the Spanish city, followed by his father, Neymar senior.
The 25-year-old has signed a five-year contract worth £500,000 a week and is in line to make his debut on Saturday at home to Amiens in Ligue 1.
He will wear the No 10 shirt at PSG, following in the footsteps of fellow countryman Ronaldinho, as well as Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Demand for the shirt is huge, with fans queuing up along the Champs Elysees to get their hands on one from the official club shop.
Fans began to queue early outside the club shop on the Champs Elysees for his shirt
The story has dominated the front and back pages of newspapers in the French capital
A Neymar fan, wearing his Barca kit, queues to but the PSG version inside the club shop
A member of club shop staff hangs up lines of PSG shirts bearing the new signing’s name
On Thursday, Neymar penned an emotional goodbye to Barcelona after leaving the Nou Camp. Shortly after the record-breaking move was announced he had shared a lengthy video to his 79 million Instagram followers.
Speaking to the camera as he read a message written on his phone, Neymar thanked Barcelona for the last few years and revealed his father did not want him to leave.
He said: ‘An athlete needs challenges, and for the second time in my life I will contradict my father. Papa, I understand and respect your opinion, but my decision is made and I ask you to support me as you always do.’
PSG owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi makes a surreptitious phone call ahead of Neymar