Brazilian superstar Neymar has reportedly signed a two-year contract with Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal.
Neymar is expected to join the Saudi Pro League giants Al-Hilal from Paris Saint-Germain.
Al-Hilal are the most decorated club in Asia with 66 official trophies. Nicknamed Al-Za'eem (The Bosses), Al-Hilal have won a record 18 Saudi Pro League titles, a record 13 Crown Prince Cup trophies, a record seven Saudi Federation Cup titles, 10 King Cups, three Super Cups, as well as the Saudi Founder’s Cup.
They have also clinched a record eight Asian Football Confederation trophies, including the AFC Champions League in 1991, 2000, 2019 and 2021, the Asian Cup Winners Cup in 1997 and 2002, and the Asian Super Cup in 1997 and 2000.
The International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) recognised Al-Hilal as the Best Asian Club of the 20th Century in September 2009.
Neymar to Al-Hilal transfer fee
Saudi Arabian heavyweights Al-Hilal are expected to sign Neymar from PSG for an initial transfer fee worth €90 million ($98.5m).
The transfer fee is expected to rise based on various performance-related add-ons.
In 2017, Neymar became the most expensive player in football history after PSG signed him from FC Barcelona for €222m.
Neymar Al Hilal salary
Neymar will reportedly earn €150m ($163.7m) per year at Al-Hilal, which means he is expected to collect €300M over two seasons. This is believed to be six times more than his PSG salary.
The Brazilian national football team talisman will be one of the highest-paid players in the Saudi Pro League.
However, Al-Nassr captain Cristiano Ronaldo will remain the highest paid footballer in the world. The Portuguese footballer earns a staggering $213 million (£173m) annually at Al Nassr.
Ronaldo’s former Real Madrid teammate Benzema bags a whopping £172.77m per season after signing a three-year contract with Al-Ittihad.
Apart from Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, Neymar will join the likes of Sadio Mane, N'Golo Kante, Jordan Henderson, Roberto Firmino and Ruben Neves who have moved to Saudi Arabia from the various top European leagues this season.
Considered to be one of the best footballers in modern era, Neymar has netted 436 goals in 708 games in his illustrious career so far.
He’s scored 136 goals for Santos, 105 goals for Barcelona, 118 goals for PSG and has 77 goals for the Brazilian national team.
Photo credit: Alamy