CONFIRMED : Al Hilal officially sign Neymar from PSG
Neymar Jr joins Al Hilal on $300m package record salary in two years, no option to extend. Salary could go up to potential $400m total until 2025 based on add-ons & commercial deals. Deal completed by his father Neymar Pai and super agent Pini Zahavi.
The former Barcelona man had just returned from a long-term injury absence brought on by his reconstructive ankle ligament surgery when reports filtered through last week that the Ligue 1 champions had told him to find a new club.
Neymar then reached an agreement over a two-year contract with Al-Hilal, with the Saudi sovereign wealth fund-owned club having previously attempted to sign Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé.
He will earn €160m a year at the Riyadh-based team, where he will notably play alongside Kalidou Koulibaly, Rubén Neves, and former Bordeaux winger Malcom.
PSG will reportedly recoup a significant amount of the world-record transfer fee they paid the Blaugrana back in 2017, with L’Équipe indicating that Al-Hilal have paid out €80m to bring him in.
The Brazilian was seen speaking to the Saudi club’s fans in a video on their social media pages where he is heard saying: ‘I am here in Saudi Arabia’.
Neymar has left PSG after agreeing a two-year deal with the PIF-backed club, one that is understood to be worth £130million a year.
He becomes the latest superstar to make the switch the Kingdom, following the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Sadio Mane to the globe’s biggest emerging football division.
He rejected the possibility of a loan move to his former club Barcelona, which would have included an option to buy him outright next year.
‘I am here in Saudi Arabia, i am HILALI,’ Neymar says in the video, which begins with a blue lightning bolt, the colours of Al-Hilal, racing through the streets to the confusion of passers by.
Neymar was contracted to the French champions until 2027 but has decided to try new things at the age of 31.’ ‘Itis inevitably difficult to say goodbye to a legend of the club, which Neymar will be forever,’ PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaïfi said.
‘I will never forget the day he arrived at Paris Saint-Germain, nor what he brought to our club and our project over the past six years. ‘Wehave lived extraordinary moments and Neymar will always be part of our history.
‘I would like to thank him and his family. We wish Neymar the best for the future and his next adventure.’
Al-Hilal also made a world record offer of £259m for PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe, who rejected the move despite his poor relations with the French club.
The Saudi side have spent big this summer on the likes of Ruben Neves from Wolves, Kalidou Koulibaly from Chelsea, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio and Malcom from Zenit St Petersburg.
Al-Hilal were defeated 2-1 by Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr in the final of the Arab Club Champions Cup on Saturday, having finished third in the league last season.
Neymar, who joined PSG from Barcelona in a world record £198m deal in 2017, was left out of Luis Enrique’s squad for the Ligue 1 opener against Lorient on Saturday, which finished goalless.
He scored 18 times for his club last season before undergoing surgery on his right ankle in March, which ruled him out the remainder of the season.
Overall, Neymar has scored 118 times in 173 matches for PSG. He has won five Ligue 1 titles and three Coupe de France trophies, but has not added to the one Champions League he won in Spain.