The Neymar Jr. era at Paris Saint-Germain ended on Tuesday after his move to Al-Hilal became official. Both parties will begin new chapters and get fresh starts.
But why say yes to Saudi Arabia? Well, Neymar wants to be a global player, which likely means why he wants to play outside of Europe. The 31-year-old has already played on two continents and can now add Asia to his resume.
“I achieved a lot in Europe and had some special moments, but I always wanted to be a global player and test myself with new challenges and opportunities in new places,” Neymar said (h/t Paris Fans).
Neymar explique son départ pour l'Arabie Saoudite
"J'ai accompli beaucoup de choses en Europe et j'ai vécu des moments spéciaux, mais j'ai toujours voulu être un acteur mondial et me tester avec de nouveaux défis et opportunités dans de nouveaux endroits."
— Paris_SGINFOS (@Paris_SGINFOS) August 15, 2023
Neymar signed a two-year contract to continue his career at Al-Hilal. While playing on another continent may be enticing, the finances aren’t bad either.
The Saudi Arabian club will pay a reported transfer fee of €90 million to PSG to secure the player. Furthermore, the 2015 UEFA Champions League winner will receive an astonishing salary of €320 million for two seasons.
Other financial incentives also take center stage during the former PSG’s stint at Al-Hilal. Neymar stands to earn a substantial bonus of €80,000 for each victory Al-Hilal secures.