In a stunning turn of events, Brazilian football sensation Neymar has finalized a sensational £78 million move to Al-Hilal, a prominent team in the Saudi Pro League.
This move marks a monumental shift for the football superstar and heralds a new chapter in his illustrious career.
Leaving behind his tenure with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), Neymar inked a lucrative two-year contract with the PIF-backed club. The deal’s total worth is estimated at an eye-popping £130 million annually.
This transfer positions him as the most high-profile figure in the sport to join the ranks of Saudi Arabian football, following in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from England.
Neymar’s decision also involved declining an opportunity to return on loan to his former club, Barcelona, a move that would have come with an option for an outright purchase next year.
Instead, the footballer chose to embark on this fresh adventure in the oil-rich nation, as evident in a heartfelt video shared on Al-Hilal’s social media platforms. In the video, Neymar addressed the Saudi club’s devoted fans, affirming, “I am here in Saudi Arabia.”
Upon Neymar’s departure, PSG’s chairman, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, expressed a mix of gratitude and melancholy. “It is inevitably difficult to say goodbye to a legend of the club, which Neymar will be forever,” Al-Khelaïfi remarked, reminiscing about Neymar’s transformative impact during his six-year tenure.
The Brazilian joined PSG from Barcelona in a record-breaking £198 million deal in 2017, ultimately accumulating an impressive tally of 118 goals in 173 matches for the French club.
Neymar’s legacy at PSG includes an array of accomplishments, notably five Ligue 1 titles and three Coupe de France trophies.
As he embarks on this new phase of his career with Al-Hilal, football enthusiasts worldwide are left to anticipate the excitement and surprises that this move could bring to the sport.