Friday, September 29, 2023

Neymar completes £69million move to Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal from Paris Saint-Germain

Neymar has completed his move to Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal.

The Brazil superstar has signed from Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year contract in a £69million deal that could rise to £86million with add-ons.

Neymar has swapped France for Saudi ArabiaAFP

Neymar is now the latest high-profile star to switch to the Saudi Pro League, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Al Nassr being the first.

A lucrative pay packet is said to await the winger as he is reported to earn around £138million-per-season at his new club.

It was at Brazilian side Santos that Neymar first made a name for himself across the world of football thanks to his fantastic skill and flair on the ball.

He impressed so much that European giants Barcelona came calling in 2013 and signed him for around £71.5million.

Neymar would go on to win two La Liga titles and three Copa del Reys at the Camp Nou, as well as the Champions League.

After 186 appearances and 105 goals across four seasons at Barcelona, he became the most expensive player in the history of world football.

PSG signed him for a whopping £198million in 2017, with Neymar going on to win the French treble in his first season.

He would lift a further four Ligue 1 titles and two Coupe de Frances, scoring 118 goals over the course of 173 appearances.

His career has seen play and win with some of the best in world footballGetty

The latter stages of Neymar’s time at PSG were by no means the best as fans aimed expletive chants at him outside his house.

He hasn’t played since February though as a result of an ankle injury but is now set to return to the pitch in Saudi Arabia.

Neymar is one of a wave of stars to join Ronaldo and complete moves to the Gulf state this summer.

Among his new teammates at Al Hilal are Ruben Neves, Kalidou Koulibaly and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who joined from Wolves, Chelsea and Lazio respectively.

An on-pitch rivalry could return this season too as Neymar is set to face his former Real Madrid counterpart Karim Benzema at league champions Al Ittihad.

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