Neymar Jr. signed a 2-year deal with Al-Hilal, reportedly worth about $100 million annually, according to Al Jazeera. While PSG accepted Al-Hilal’s offer of around 90 million euros, approximately $98 million.
Neymar Jr. found himself in a difficult situation at Paris Saint-Germain as the Persian coach, Luis Enrique, told him clearly that he is not part of their plans for the upcoming 2023-24 season. Frustrated by his situation in Paris, Neymar Jr. began searching for a club where he could salvage the remainder of his career and aim to secure at least one Champions League victory and, consequently, a Ballon d’Or.
Neymar Jr. has not yet won a Ballon d’Or in his career due to numerous injuries that have hindered his progress. Despite his impressive skills, his hefty salary becomes a deterrent for many European clubs, considering the alternatives available to them. With no significant offers from prominent clubs coming his way and at the age of 31, Neymar Jr. chose to approach Barcelona. He sought to terminate his contract with Paris and agree to new terms with lower wages compared to those at Paris Saint-Germain. His objective was to revitalize his career, but the situation wasn’t straightforward.
Although Barcelona’s board expressed interest in bringing Neymar back, the coach, Xavi Hernandez, opposed the idea. Xavi believed that Neymar Jr.’s presence will disturb team chemistry and even will cause issues in the dressing room, as Neymar life style, reported by Barca Universal. Faced with limited options, Neymar Jr. eventually joined Al-Hilal. However, this move placed him in a predicament as Al-Hilal might not provide the platform for winning major international championships that would contribute to his Ballon d’Or ambitions.
Considering the circumstances, the question arises: Did Neymar Jr. make the right decision? If so, where should he consider moving after his contract ends? Additionally, will there be a spot available for him in the national team?”