Jimmy Butler Approves $120,000,000 Richer ‘Friend’ Neymar Jr’s Multi-Million Saudi League Deal

Published 08/18/2023, 3:15 AM EDT

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Yesterday, Neymar Jr. made the soccer headlines after making his big-money move to Saudi Arabia. The Brazilian left Paris Saint-Germain to sign for Middle Eastern side Al-Hilal. While the move continues to raise a few eyebrows, his friend Jimmy Butler approves of the player’s transfer decision.

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The whole summer saw the former FC Barcelona man’s future in doubt as he got linked with several other clubs. However, the news finally broke that he’d be going to the Gulf country. Everyone has been reacting to the shocking news, with Butler also backing his move.

Jimmy Butler agrees to Neymar Jr’s big-money move

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The friendship between Jimmy Butler and Neymar has grown a lot in the past few months. Not only did the soccer star pay a visit to the NBA matches, but the Miami Heat star also took part in Neymar’s special events. Likewise, ‘Playoff Jimmy’ once again backed his friend’s decision to join Al Hilal.

Al Hilal recently added pictures of his latest move by tagging Neymar. The post had a caption saying, “The HISTORICAL is coming,” as the playmaker can be seen signing his contract. The post caught the eye of Butler, who notably liked the picture. Although he didn’t write a public comment, his like says it all.

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His like suggests that Neymar has the NBA star’s best wishes over his latest sporting decision, seemingly giving it the green light. Perhaps Butler must have congratulated the $120 million-richer friend personally, but so far this is his only acknowledgment. Nevertheless, let’s dive deeper into Ney’s big money move.

Details of Ney’s move to Al Hilal

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Neymar has become the latest soccer star to join the Pro League after Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and many more. For $98.6 million, the 31-year-old has become the new joiner of Al Hilal. He has been given a two-year contract, with expected annual earnings of around $100 million. This sum would constitute approximately half of Ronaldo’s reputed Al Nassr salary.

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The former Barcelona star will be joining Kalidou Koulibaly, Rúben Neves, Malcom, and Sergej Milinković-Savić at Al Hilal. Throughout his tenure with PSG, Neymar tallied 118 goals across 173 matches and clinched numerous titles, including five Ligue 1 championships. Without a doubt, his arrival at the Riyadh-based club is definitely tremendous for Saudi Arabia.

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Abhishek Mishra is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. Abhishek's love for soccer began during his childhood days when he spent most of his time playing and watching the sport. His early exposure to soccer earned him many accolades at district and zonal levels, making him a true sports enthusiast.
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