This is the end of Neymar’s adventure with European football. The Brazilian moves to the Arab Al-Hilal, where he will become one of the best-paid footballers in the world. He will be the next big football star on the Arabian Peninsula.
The transfer madness in Saudi Arabia is not over. Since Cristiano Ronaldo was officially announced as an Al-Nassr player in December 2022, many world football stars have already arrived in the Arabian Peninsula. We are talking about players such as: Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, Sadio Mane, Robert Firmino, Kalidou Koulibaly, Sergej Milinković-Savić, Ruben Neves, Alex Telles, Jota, Malcom, Seko Fofana and Marcelo Brozović. Now this group will be joined by a player who was a sure contender to win the Ballon d’Or more than a decade ago.
Neymar will move to Al-Hilal
Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain after less than four years with FC Barcelona. The Brazilian star then became the most expensive footballer of all time when the Qataris paid EUR 222 million for his transfer. No one has broken this record so far, and what’s more, no one has exceeded the EUR 200 million mark. In Paris, Neymar did not achieve what he wanted most, which was the Champions League title, although he reached the final of the competition in 2020. PSG was defeated by Bayern Munich 0-1.
In the 2021/22 and 2022/23 seasons, Neymar co-created one of the best offensive trios in the world, together with Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe. The former has been playing for the American Inter Miami for several weeks, and the latter has a valid contract with the Parisians until June 30, 2024, but there are many indications that he will extend it. In turn, the Brazilian is already one step away from joining the Arab Al-Hilal, as reported by, among others, Fabrizio Romano.
The 32-year-old is to sign a two-year contract with the Arab team, under which he will earn EUR 320 million. Medical tests are scheduled to take place on Monday, August 14, and the official presentation is scheduled for Wednesday. As a PSG player, Neymar won five national championships, three French Cups, two French League Cups and four French Super Cups. In 173 matches he scored 118 goals and made 77 assists.