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Neymar Claims Saudi Pro League Is Stronger Than Ligue 1

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One of Saudi Arabia’s biggest footballing acquisitions has suggested that the Saudi Pro League could already be of a better standard than Ligue 1, the top tier of football in France.

Neymar left French champions Paris St-Germain to join Al-Hilal, the 18-time Saudi Arabian champions and four-time AFC Champions League winners in a deal worth €90m. He is yet to make his debut for Jorge Jesus’ side due to injury.

Speaking whilst on international duty with Brazil, Neymar had this to say about the Saudi Pro League: “For the names that went to Saudi Arabia, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Saudi league is better than the French.”

“I can assure [you] that the football in Saudi Arabia is the same. The ball is round; we have goal-posts.”

Neymar already boasts well over 120 caps for Brazil and will be hoping his time at Al-Hilal helps extend his long career with the national team, whom he still has a realistic chance of scoring 100 goals for.

During a six-year spell at PSG, Neymar won the Ligue 1 title five times, also lifting the Coupe de France on three occasions. Prior to that, the Brazilian superstar had enjoyed a hugely successful time at Barcelona, where he lifted the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League, not to mention two La Liga titles, three Copa del Rey trophies and the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup.

Al-Hilal current sit top of the Saudi Pro League table ahead of Al-Taawoun on goal difference, having accrued 13 points from a possible 15 so far, scoring 14 goals and conceding just five. With Neymar yet to slot into the starting XI, it’s an exciting time to be an Al-Hilal fan. The 31-year-old will link up with fellow big-name signings such as Ruben Neves and Aleksandr Mitrovic.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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