The Football world continues to enthral as the Saudi Pro League has got its latest icon signing in the form of Neymar Jr. Neymar ended his tenure at Paris Saint Germain (PSG) which lasted for six years. He signed a two-year deal with Al-Hilal. Neymar comes hot on Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi who have both joined Saudi-based clubs.
The fee for the shift of the star player to take place was €90 million ($98.5M) plus add-ons. Neymar would reportedly pocket 100 Million Euros. It was a fruitful season for the Brazilian when he starred for PSG as he netted 118 goals in 173 games for PSG. He was a part of 5 Ligue titles and also three French Cups. Neymar had his share of injuries while playing for the French club and was longer a part of new coach Luis Enrique’s plans.
I plan to score more goals and win games for Al-Hilal: Neymar
“I have achieved a lot in Europe and enjoyed special times, but I have always wanted to be a global player and test myself with new challenges and opportunities in new places,” Neymar said in a statement from the Saudi Pro League. “I want to write new sporting history, and the Saudi Pro League has tremendous energy and quality players at the moment,” he added,
Recently, Neymar had undergone medical tests to check for fitness ahead of his stint with Al-Hilal. “Al-Hilal is a giant club with fantastic fans, and it is the best in Asia. This gives me a feeling that it is the right decision for me at the right time with the right club. I love winning and scoring goals, and I plan to continue doing that in Saudi Arabia and with Al-Hilal.” The forward added.
Al-Hilal have been pulling the right strings in the Saudi football circuit and have won the Asian Champions League four times. When Neymar left- PSG the club had high words of appreciation to say regarding his services. “It is always difficult to say goodbye to an amazing player like Neymar, one of the best players in the world,” PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said in a statement.