Kathmandu: As Neymar is now all set to embark on a new mission this season, it is time to recall the Brazilian international’s stellar career at PSG
Former star of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), 31-year-old Neymar has joined Saudi club Al Hilal for 90 million euros plus add-ons for 2 years.
“I have enjoyed a special time in Europe with many achievements,” he said while explaining his reason for coming to Saudi, “but I always want to be a global player and test myself with new challenges and opportunities in new places.”
“I want to write a new history of the sport, and there is a lot of energy and quality players in the Saudi Pro League at the moment,” Neymar said, “I have heard and learned a lot as I follow a long list of Brazilian players who have played in Saudi Arabia over the years, so I believe that This is another destination I have chosen.’
Neymar was not involved in coach Luis Enrique’s plans for the new season at PSG.
Neymar, who joined PSG from Barcelona for a world record 200 million pounds in 2017, was not in the team when they played a goalless draw against Lorient in French League One last Saturday.
After Argentine Lionel Messi also left the club, PSG’s plan of not signing star and highly paid players was facilitated by another star player Neymar leaving the club.
Neymar was earning 25 million euros per year at PSG. Now Neymar will earn 150 million euros per year in Saudi Arabia. The salary given by Al Hilal is 6 times more than what he earns in PSG.
Al Hilal chairman Fahad bin Saad welcomed Neymar to the club, saying he is a global icon and an unstoppable attacking force.
Neymar has won 13 trophies while playing 173 games for PSG. Which includes five League Ones. Brazilian star Neymar played an important role in bringing PSG to the 2020 Champions League final.
With the arrival of Neymar to the Saudi club, the Saudi Pro League has strengthened its path to become the world’s top competition in the next few years. Before Neymar came to Saudi Arabia, Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, Jordan Henderson, Ruben Neves, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have all come to Saudi Arabia.
With Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo coming to Al Nasser from Manchester United in January, the discussion of Saudi Pro League started.