In a groundbreaking deal that is set to reshape the football landscape, Brazilian midfield sensation Neymar is poised to join Saudi Pro League club, Al-Hilal, under a monumental contract worth £130 million per year. The transfer from French powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) includes an eye-popping incentive – Neymar will rake in a staggering £430,000 for every social media post used to promote Saudi Arabia.
As reported by the Daily Mail, the 31-year-old former Barcelona star is all set to ink a two-year contract with Al-Hilal, following the successful completion of his medical evaluation on Monday. The move marks a significant addition to Al-Hilal’s roster of international superstars, joining the ranks of iconic players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, N’golo Kanté, Riyad Mahrez, and the reigning Ballon d’Or holder, Karim Benzema, who were lured by lucrative contracts.
Neymar’s influence on social media cannot be overstated, with an impressive 62.5 million followers on Twitter and an astounding 212 million followers on Instagram. His role in promoting Saudi Arabia through his posts and stories is expected to wield considerable global impact, further enhancing the country’s image.
The multi-faceted deal extends beyond digital media earnings, offering Neymar a lavish lifestyle. The Brazilian will have access to a private plane, a luxurious residence for himself and his pregnant girlfriend Bruna Biancardi, complete with a retinue of housekeepers and support staff.
Neymar’s journey to Al-Hilal follows his record-breaking €222 million (£200.5 million) transfer from Barcelona to PSG in 2017. Over his tenure at PSG, he etched his name in football history, netting an impressive 118 goals in 173 matches, and contributing to an impressive collection of five Ligue 1 titles and three Coupe de France trophies.
As the ink dries on Neymar’s contract, the football world watches in awe at this remarkable evolution in the game’s dynamics, where star players wield unparalleled influence not only on the pitch, but also across the digital realm.