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Neymar moves to Saudi Arabia. © AFP / ANTHONY WALLACE

Desert change: Neymar also succumbs to the lure of money

The football league in Saudi Arabia has another attraction: the move of Brazilian offensive star Neymar from France's series champions Paris Saint-Germain to Al-Hilal is perfect.

In a 70-second video clip from the Saudi club on Tuesday, the 31-year-old announced: “I am here in Saudi Arabia. I'm in Hilal.” PSG also confirmed the move and called Neymar a “club legend”.

The club initially did not provide any information about the length of the contract. However, according to media reports, Neymar is said to have received a two-year contract. The Brazilian could make his first appearance for his new club on Saturday in the game against Al-Fayha.

Neymar follows Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Sadio Mane and other stars in the Saudi Pro League, which is significantly influencing the transfer market this summer with massive investments. In the disappointing 0-0 draw against FC Lorient at the start of the season, Neymar was no longer in the PSG squad.

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According to the Saudi Arabia-funded news channel Al-Arabija, PSG will receive a transfer fee of 90 million euros, while Neymar's annual earnings are even higher at 100 million euros. With bonuses, the superstar is expected to earn an annual salary of up to 160 million euros. Neymar moved from FC Barcelona to Paris in 2017 for a record sum of 222 million euros. But the eccentric professional was never really happy at PSG. In terms of sport, he missed the club's self-imposed goal of winning the Champions League, and there was trouble with the fans. At the beginning of May, dozens of supporters went to Neymar's luxury property and loudly shouted "Neymar out!"

Neymar now succumbed to the lure of money. Just like Ronaldo, who was the first football star to move to the desert state last winter, Neymar is now continuing his career in the league, which is still insignificant in terms of sport. Al-Hilal had already paid high transfer fees this summer for Malcom (around 60 million euros), Ruben Neves (55 million), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (40 million) and Kalidou Koulibaly (23 million). In Saudi Arabia, Neymar will also meet former Bayern professional Sadio Mane, Real Madrid's ex-scorer Karim Benzema and Liverpool's long-time captain Jordan Henderson.

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