Neymar: It wasn’t about the money

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Neymar Jr has sealed a two-year move to Saudi Arabia side Al Hilal.

Al Hilal paid around €90m to PSG to sign the Brazilian, and Neymar in turn will earn €150m per year in his two-year spell in Saudi.

This is massive money for the 31-year-old who was linked with a return to Barcelona this summer.

Speaking about his move to Saudi, Neymar has insisted that it wasn’t for the money.

“I have achieved a lot in Europe and enjoyed special times, but I have always wanted to be a global player and test myself with new challenges and opportunities in new places,” Neymar said after his move to Al Hilal was confirmed.

“I want to write new sporting history, and the Saudi Pro League has tremendous energy and quality players at the moment.

“I have heard a lot and learned that I am following a long list of Brazilian players who have played in Saudi Arabia over the years, so I believe it is the desired place.

“Al Hilal is a giant club with fantastic fans, and it is the best in Asia. This gives me a feeling that it is the right decision for me at the right time with the right club.

“I love winning and scoring goals, and I plan to continue doing that in Saudi Arabia and with Al Hilal.”