Neymar Jr. will be the next superstar signing made by Saudi Arabia. The 31-year-old is on the verge of joining Al-Hilal and beginning a new career chapter.
Al-Hilal will pay a reported transfer fee of €90 million to PSG and then give the Brazilian an astonishing salary of €320 million for two seasons. Furthermore, Neymar will receive other perks as part of his contract. These wages could allow Neymar to earn more than Cristiano Ronaldo at Al-Nassr.
With Neymar set to play in Saudi Arabia, Al-Ettifaq manager Steven Gerrard has high praise for the pending arrival of the 2015 UEFA Champions League winner.
“The name speaks for itself,” Gerrard said. “He’s given me so much joy through the years at Barcelona, PSG and Brazil. I don’t think the boy gets enough credit for the numbers he’s put up.
“I don’t want him to come because he’s not coming to my team. But in Hollywood terms, he’s an A-list star.”
🗣️ Steven Gerrard on Neymar to Al-Hilal. “The name speaks for itself. He’s given me so much joy through the years at Barcelona, PSG and Brazil. I don’t think the boy gets enough credit for the numbers he’s put up. I don’t want him to come because he’s not coming to my team. But… pic.twitter.com/0nZYqIBRt5
— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) August 14, 2023
The unveiling event will likely happen on Wednesday, where there will be a celebration of Neymar’s arrival. After missing out on Lionel Messi to start the summer, Al-Hilal will not go empty-handed, having landed Neymar, who remains in his prime.
As for Neymar, he doesn’t see the move to Saudi Arabia hampering his vision to remain a figure on the Brazil national team and the 2026 FIFA World Cup. It will be interesting to see how this venture plays out, whether good or bad.