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Neymar Completes Transfer to Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia

Star News Reporter Lee Won-hee | 2023.08.15 09:15

Neymar. /AFPBBNews=Lee Kang-in, who focuses on News 1 game. /AFPBBNews=News1 Neymar transfers to Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia. /AFPBBNews=News 1 ‘Brazilian star’ Neymar (31), who showed fantastic chemistry with Lee Kang-in (22) at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in France, ends his European life and builds a new career in Saudi Arabia. Arab media Al Jazeera reported on the 15th (Korean time), “Messi has agreed to a two-year contract with Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal.” Like a superstar, he gets a lot of money. The media explained, “Neymar will receive a total of 160 million euros (about 230 billion won) from Al-Hilal for two years. The transfer fee is around 90 million euros (about 131 billion won).” His uniform number will be ’10’, the symbol of an ace.

With this, Neymar’s life in Europe, which has been going on for more than 10 years, has come to an end. Given that he is over 30 years old, there is a possibility that he will finish his career without returning to the European stage. Neymar has been one of the best players in the world. Neymar, who has been attracting attention as a Brazilian talent since his teenage years, transferred from Santos (Brazil) to Spain’s prestigious Barcelona in 2013 after receiving numerous love calls. He also achieved the European treble by playing with ‘GOAT’ Lionel Messi (Inter Miami) and Luis Suarez (Gremiu). He scored 105 goals and 76 assists in 185 appearances for Barcelona.

Neymar has taken on a new challenge. In 2017, he joined PSG for a transfer fee of 222 million euros (approximately 320 billion won). He played a key member role and played 173 games in six seasons, scoring 118 goals and showing off explosive attack power. He has won several French league titles. Even last season, PSG climbed to the top of the league with a powerful striker leading to Neymar, Messi and Kylian Mbappe.

However, rumors of Neymar’s transfer continued to circulate this summer. According to reports, Neymar wants to return to his former club Barcelona. Claims were made that he could join in the form of a rental contract rather than a full transfer. However, Barcelona were unable to sign Neymar due to financial reasons, and Neymar eventually chose to move to Saudi Arabia.

Neymar played in a pre-season friendly match against Jeonbuk Hyundai in the K-League 1 in Busan on the 3rd, and this was his last match at PSG. At that time, Neymar showed off his splendid individual skills and played an active part in multiple goals. Lee Kang-in also participated and worked with Neymar.

Neymar left PSG, but this summer they recruited numerous stars to strengthen their power. In the attacking line, along with Lee Kang-in, Marco Asensio, Gonzalo Hamus, and Ousmane Dembele joined PSG.

Neymar (far left) and Lee Kang-in (second from left) on tour in Japan. /Photo = PSG SNS Lee Kang-in (second from the left) and Neymar (second from the right) taking a commemorative photo with the club during the Japan tour. /Photo=PSG SNS Neymar at the Japan tour. /Picture = PSG SNS Golden Boy Lee Kang-in wore the PSG uniform this summer after playing an active role as an ace in his former team Mallorca (Spain). He is 22 years old, and he recorded a transfer fee of 22 million euros (approximately 31 billion won), which is not small at such a young age. It is the 5th largest transfer fee in Asia. He signed a five-year long contract until 2028. On the 13th, Lee Kang-in made a clear impression by starting the match against Lorient, which opened in the French league. He shot 88% pass success rate and 60% long pass success rate, along with 84 ball touches. He threatened the opponent’s goal with three shots. Foot Mob, a soccer statistics media, gave Lee Kang-in a rating of 7.1. Another statistical media outlet, Sofa Score, rated it 7.3. Lee Kang-in was also selected as ‘The Player’ by the League 1 Secretariat. MVP is given to the player who performed the best. Ligue 1 said, “Lee Kang-in and Asensio energized PSG’s attack. They deserve praise. If it had been another day, they might have won.” The club may be disappointed with the result, but Lee Kang-in will be satisfied with his performance as the first Korean PSG player.”

Neymar (middle) and Lee Kang-in (right) playing pranks during team training. /AFPBBNews=News 1 Neymar (center) who played an active part in the Jeonbuk Hyundai War. /AFPBBNews=News1 Neymar and Achraf Hakimi (right). Asensio, the Spanish national team, overcame competition from his former club Real Madrid (Spain) last season and played in 31 league games, scoring 9 goals and making 6 assists. Hamus drew attention by pushing out “superstar” Cristiano Ronaldo (Al Nasr) at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and rising to the starting lineup. He also scored a hat-trick in the round of 16 against Switzerland. Asensio and Hamus also played in the Lorient match in the last opening match. Side striker Dembele moved to PSG after playing for Barcelona. Here, Mbappe, who was rumored to be transferring to Real, joined the team training. It seemed likely that he would leave PSG this summer, but there is a possibility that he will play an active role for one more season. There have been rumors of a feud between Neymar and Mbappe before. Coincidentally, as Neymar’s transfer became influential, Mbappe returned. If PSG keeps Mbappe, it can minimize the attack gap.

PSG attack last season. /AFPBBNews=News1Kylian Mbappe (left) and Neymar. /AFPBBNews=News1 Neymar. /AFPBBNews=News 1Saudi has recently recruited numerous world-class players to enhance its league competitiveness. In the case of Al-Hilal, where Neymar plays, they recruited Ruben Neves, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Sergei Milinkovic-Savic. All three players played for big clubs in Europe and entered the Saudi league this summer. Neves played an active role as a key midfielder in Wolverhampton (England) with Hwang Hee-chan, the ‘Bull’. He received a love call from Barcelona, ​​but he shook it off and chose to transfer to Al-Hilal. Koulibaly played as a Chelsea centre-back. Savic was a midfielder representing Italy’s Serie A. He has been a key player for Lazio from 2015 to 2023. In the 2018-2019 season, he was also selected as the best midfielder in Serie A. Al-Hilal, led by Portuguese coach Jorge Jesus, will play a home game against Alfaiha on the 20th. As early as this match, Neymar could make his Saudi debut.

Ruben Neves. /AFPBBNews=News1Sergei Milinkovic-Savic (right). /AFPBBNews=News1 Neymar. /AFPBBNews=News1

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2023-08-15 00:15:21

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