As Neymar Jr. nears a move to Saudi Arabia, the question surrounding the surprise move is what happens to the 31-year-old’s spot on the Brazilian national team.
The 2015 UEFA Champions League winner is leaving Europe to sign a two-year-old contract with Al-Hilal. However, playing outside the old continent could hurt the forward’s ability to play at the highest level ahead of the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
However, Neymar doesn’t see it that way. L’Equipe reports that Neymar has affirmed his steadfast dedication to his national team and his dream of winning the 2026 World Cup. The tournament will likely be the last for the soon-to-be former PSG star.
Furthermore, the French media outlet notes that Neymar intends to return to Europe in 2025 as he sets his sights on a return to his former club, FC Barcelona.
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While Neymar wants a second stint at Camp Nou, it will be interesting to see whether manager Xavi Hernandez wants him. Reports suggest that it’s the Spanish tactician is against his return. If Xavi didn’t want Neymar at 31, why would he want him at 33?
Coming to Barcelona on a club-friendly contract may be enough, but this will be an intriguing storyline if Xavi is still managing the Catalan side in two years.