Former Barcelona and PSG Neymar star has denied joining the Saudi Pro League for money, despite earning a reported £2.5 million per week.
The Brazilian star, who recently joined Al Hilal, said that he made the move for the challenge and the opportunity to play in a new country.
Former Paris Saint-Germain star, Neymar has denied reports circulating in the media that he joined the Saudi Pro League because of money.
It would be recalled that Neymar joined Al Hilal on a 2-year deal and will be earning £129.4 million per year, an average of £2.5m per week salary.
With a good number of years ahead of him to play, Neymar has been accused of leaving Europe because of the eye-watering cash he has been offered in Saudi.
However, while addressing the press the 31-year-old Brazilian star said that rather than money, his move to the Middle East was motivated by his desire to ‘be a global player’.
“I have achieved a lot in Europe & enjoyed special times but I have always wanted to be a global player & test myself with new challenges & opportunities in new places.
“I want to write new sporting history, and the Saudi Pro League has tremendous energy & quality players at the moment,” he said.
Neymar is one of the highest-paid footballers in the world, so it is understandable that some people would question his motives for joining the Saudi Pro League.
However, Neymar has made it clear that he is not motivated by money. He is looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to win trophies.