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Neymar Signs For Al Hilal In One Of The Biggest Deals In Soccer History

Neymar Signs For Al Hilal In One Of The Biggest Deals In Soccer History

In a shocking and unexpected move, Brazilian soccer star Neymar has reportedly agreed to join Saudi Arabia club Al Hilal on a two-year deal. The Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil forward will receive a staggering 160 million euros ($175 million) over two seasons, according to France's leading sports daily L'Equipe.

Neymar, who joined PSG from Barcelona for a world-record fee of 222 million euros ($243 million) in 2017, had been linked with a return to the Catalan club in recent weeks. However, Al Hilal, the reigning champions of the Saudi League and the Asian Champions League, made a surprise offer that Neymar could not refuse.

According to ESPN Brasil, Neymar's father flew to the Middle East to negotiate with the representative of Al Hilal, who is backed by the Saudi Public Investment Fund. The deal was finalized on Sunday, and Neymar is expected to travel to Riyadh soon to undergo a medical and sign the contract.

The transfer is a huge coup for Al Hilal, who have been looking to sign a marquee player to boost their global profile and attract more fans and sponsors. Neymar, who is widely regarded as one of the best players in the world will join a squad that includes former Juventus striker Sebastian Giovinco, former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, and former Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.

However, PSG's new coach Louis Enrique and sporting director Luis Campos had told Neymar that he was not part of their plans for the new season and that they were willing to let him go for a reduced fee. PSG had paid 222 million euros for Neymar in 2017, but they were ready to accept as low as 60 million euros from Al Hilal, according to The Independent.

Neymar's decision to join Al Hilal has stunned the soccer world, as many fans and pundits expected him to stay in Europe and compete for the biggest trophies. Neymar has won three Ligue 1 titles, two French Cups, and two French League Cups with PSG, but he has failed to deliver the coveted Champions League trophy that the club craves. Neymar has also won one La Liga title, two Copa del Rey titles, one Champions League title, one Club World Cup title, and one UEFA Super Cup title with Barcelona, as well as one Copa America title and one Olympic gold medal with Brazil.

Neymar's move to Al Hilal will also have implications for his international career, as he will face less competition and exposure int the Saudi league than in Europe. Neymar is currently Brazil's second-highest scorer of all time with 68 goals in 111 appearances, behind only Pele who has 77 goals in 92 games.

Neymar's transfer to Al Hilal is one of the most sensational and controversial deals in soccer history, and it will surely generate a lot of reactions and opinions from fans, players, coaches, and media. Neymar will have to prove himself in a new environment and culture and show that he made the right choice for his career and legacy.

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