Neymar makes Saudi League debut… 1 assist as a substitute
It was a debut with class.
Al Hilal cruised to a 6-1 victory over Al Riyadh in the sixth round of the 2023-2024 Saudi Pro League at Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday.
With the win, Al Hilal extended their lead at the top of the standings with 16 points (5 wins, 1 draw).
As good news as the victory was, there was also some bad news. Neymar made his debut for Al Hilal after leaving Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in the summer transfer window.
Neymar’s transfer fee was around 90 million euros ($131 million). On top of that, the Saudis promised to treat him exceptionally well.
Neymar’s estimated annual salary at Al-Hilal is reportedly in the neighborhood of €150 million (about $220 billion).
With such a huge investment, both in terms of transfer fee and salary, Neymar was expected to be the face of the Saudi league. And on his debut, he lived up to the hype.
Coming off the bench in the 19th minute of the second half with the score 2-0, Neymar’s light touch foreshadowed what was to come. He made a crucial pass to set up Malcolm’s goal in the 38th minute.
Al Hilal unleashed a four-goal barrage after Neymar’s substitution, with Mitrovic opening the scoring in the 30th minute and Yasir Al-Shahrani adding a second in first-half stoppage time. 스포츠토토
It will be interesting to see if the Neymar-led Al Hilal can fulfill their dream of winning the Saudi league title.