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Neymar becomes the latest star to join the Saudi Pro league as he signs for Al Hilal

Neymar has become the most recent marquee name to transfer his skills to the Saudi Arabian Pro League, completing his move to Al Hilal.

The 31-year-old Brazilian Neymar has officially joined from PSG in a deal that could go up to 100 million euros (£86.3m).

Adding his name to the roster of world football luminaries who have opted to depart from prominent European clubs, Neymar follows in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Riyad Mahrez, Ruben Neves, Sadio Mane, and N’Golo Kante to make the journey to the Middle East.

Moreover, this transition concludes Neymar’s six-year tenure at PSG, where he arrived from Barcelona in 2017 for a world-record fee of £200m. But departing the Parc des Princes, Neymar leaves behind a legacy of 118 goals scored in 173 appearances, along with securing five Ligue 1 titles.

But Neymar’s omission from Luis Enrique’s squad for the season’s inaugural league match and his absence from the Spanish manager’s plans led to his departure from PSG.

PSG chief executive Nasser Al-Khelaifi told the club’s official website: “It is always difficult to say goodbye to an amazing player like Neymar, one of the best players in the world

“I will never forget the day he arrived at Paris St Germain, and what he has contributed to our club and our project over the last six years. But we had a great moment and Neymar will always be a big part of our history.

“I would like to thank Neymar and his family. We wish Neymar all the very best for the future and his next adventure.”

At Al Hilal, Neymar teams up with former Wolves captain Neves and former Chelsea defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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