Injured Neymar Feels ‘Indebted to Saudi Arabia’ After $418 Million Deal, Says League Chief Emenalo

Published 12/17/2023, 11:19 AM EST

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Al Hilal fans have many things to rejoice about. But their disappointment in not seeing Neymar play for the club is undeniable. However, Saudi Pro League’s Sporting Director, Michael Emenalo, has a comforting message for the fans after revealing Neymar’s gratitude to the league and the country.

The Saudi Pro League spent $957 million in its last transfer window. And Neymar, being their most expensive buy, will bear many expectations on his shoulders. Known for his skills and goal-scoring prowess, the player still has the determination to show his worth.

Saudi Pro League Sporting Director conveys an assuring message from Neymar


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The player just played six games for Al Hilal this season. With injuries hampering his participation, Neymar may be missing his time on the pitch. The player recently revealed his feelings and current state of mind. According to a report, Emenalo claimed that Neymar is desperate to return and prove himself in the league. The Nigerian said, “Neymar wants to come back and show what he can do, and he feels indebted to Saudi Arabia and the league.”



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The player’s signing is worth $418 million for two years. Despite being out due to his previous injury, Al Hilal went on to sign the player while he was still recovering. The deal came at a time when Neymar was not wanted by PSG. Al Hilal, after attempting deals with Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe, was successful in signing the striker.

Neymar has been receiving a lot of support from the club and the fans, who wish him a speedy recovery. The 31-year-old is undergoing rehabilitation for the ACL injury after a successful surgery in early November. He was expected to be out for many months, but he was never put under pressure by the fans. Hence, the player has a reason to be grateful for the country.


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Al Hilal coping without Neymar

The former FC Barcelona star was deregistered to make space in Al Hilal’s squad to accommodate another player. The club did not find meaning in keeping Neymar’s name considering it would take the whole season for his recovery. Jorge Jesus now has a vacant spot he can fill in the January transfer window.


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However, it looks like the Brazilian record goal scorer’s absence did not affect Asia’s most successful club. Players like Aleksandar Mitrovic and Malcom have made sure they are on top of both the Saudi League and the AFC Champions League. But for the love of the sport, the nation and fans around the world wait for his return and wonder if he will return to make the same impact that he used to before.

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