Saudi Pro League powerhouse Al Hilal has sent shockwaves through the football world with the announcement of their latest signing – none other than Brazilian sensation Neymar Jr., who departs Paris St Germain (PSG) to join the ranks of the Middle Eastern club. The signing was officially unveiled on Tuesday, August 15, sparking a whirlwind of excitement among fans and pundits alike.
While the exact terms of the deal remain undisclosed, it’s widely speculated that Al Hilal shelled out a reported transfer fee of around 90 million euros ($98.24 million) for the 31-year-old football icon. This monumental transfer marks Neymar’s transition from PSG, where he made his mark after a record-breaking move from Barcelona in 2017 for a staggering 222 million euros.
The Brazilian star’s journey with PSG has been nothing short of impactful. Neymar made his presence felt with remarkable performances on the pitch, amassing an impressive tally of 118 goals in 173 appearances for the French club. His contributions were instrumental in helping PSG secure numerous victories, including an impressive five Ligue 1 titles.
Neymar’s decision to embark on this new chapter of his career with Al Hilal comes amid a growing trend of big-name players venturing into the Saudi Pro League. The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and Sadio Mane have already joined the league’s ranks, elevating the competition and drawing global attention.
In response to Neymar’s departure, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi expressed gratitude for the Brazilian’s significant role at the club. “It is inevitably difficult to say goodbye to a club legend, which Neymar will always be,” Al-Khelaifi remarked. “We’ve had some extraordinary moments and Neymar will always be part of our history.”
For Al Hilal, the signing of Neymar is part of a larger strategy to reinforce their squad and maintain their status as the most decorated club in Saudi Arabia and Asia, boasting an impressive 66 trophies. Their ambitious plans have been further bolstered by the Saudi Public Investment Fund’s investment and privatisation initiative for sports clubs, which has breathed new life into the league.
As Neymar embarks on this new journey in Saudi Arabia, the football world is abuzz with anticipation and curiosity, eagerly awaiting the impact he will make on Al Hilal and the broader Saudi Pro League landscape.