Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar says he knows what comes with being the most expensive player ever, but is relishing the responsibility that the French giants have placed on his shoulders since his world-record €222 million move from Barcelona this summer.
Despite the hype surrounding his move, the 25-year-old says the cost of the player doesn't matter once the match starts, and that he's pleased with the faith PSG have shown in him.
"Obviously I'm very grateful to the club for the confidence they’ve shown in me, in my football," he told 'The Ligue 1 Show' on beIN SPORTS. "Now I have to perform on the pitch, it's the best way to repay that confidence.
"Of course I understand what it means to be the most expensive player of all time, but I don't see that as added pressure. I don't think about it and I don't spend all day talking about it. It means nothing when you are out on the pitch. When that whistle blows, it's just 11 versus 11 and everyone is the same."
The move for Neymar has worked out well for PSG to this point, with the club still unbeaten across all competitions, and the former Barcelona star says he likes nothing more than to have the responsibility of leading a team piled on him.
"I love having responsibilities on the field," he said. "I never shirk away from that. It's one of the reasons that I joined PSG. Throughout my career, I've always looked for more responsibilities, whether they’ve been self-imposed or given to me by the team. And I have always come out on top, always accepted them all. I know I'm very lucky, but I'm also very focused on my work and I'm a very hard worker.
"I play a very joyous football. I always try to maintain this happiness in my game, do something different. I like to try new things, dribble, invent new moves. I like to improvise. I'm always looking for freedom! On and off the pitch.
"I don't like being put in a box, I don't like boundaries. I like to move, play all over the pitch. My parents used to say I was hyperactive when I was younger and perhaps that explains why I play like this. Obviously I respect the coaches’ orders about my positioning, but I like to be allowed to improvise and create something special.
"I don't like losing - ever! I’ve always been an ambitious person, but more than that, I’ve never been someone who accepts defeat easily. I do everything and anything I can to win the match."
PSG face a tough road in the coming days, with the club set to face off against defending Ligue 1 champions Monaco on Sunday, with two more league matches to follow before they close out Champions League group play against Bayern Munich on December 5.