“Football Is The Same There”_ Neymar Believes Saudi Pro League Is Potentially Better Than Ligue 1

Neymar Al-Hilal

Former Barca and PSG star Neymar Jr has said Saudi Pro League is now more better than where he was coming from Ligue 1.

The Brazilian winger left Barcelona in 2017 to join Paris Saint-Germain where he made 173 appearances scoring 118 goals,

and registering 77 assists before he moves to Al-Hilal to join the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Ngolo Kante, Karim Benzema and others in the Saudi Pro League.

Neymar is yet to make his debut for Al-Hilal due to injury, but he has been forced to defend his switch to the Saudi outfit and claimed that the top division is “maybe” now better than Ligue 1.


“Football is the same there, the ball is round, like everywhere else.

Given the big names that make up the league, maybe this league is better than Ligue 1.”


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“The training sessions are intense. I am hungry for titles, and I want to win with Al-Hilal.

What people say doesn’t matter to me. They said that Ligue 1 was weak, but I suffered the most there.

The Saudi league is going to be interesting and I’m sure you’re going to watch it.”

Neymar has not played since February due to an ankle injury, but he is with the Brazil squad preparing for two World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Peru.

He continues

“I feel well, happy, but obviously I am not 100% fit. But my head is well, my body is well.”

“I was going to play the latest match [of Al Hilal], but I was hit during training and the coach chose to leave me out, so I could come to Brazil.

“After a lot of pressure from family and friends [to return to the national team] you start giving value to everything you did.

“When you are with your people, your family, they put you in your place and make you see it is worth to continue being happy by wearing Brazil’s shirt.”

Neymar could potentially hand a Al-Hilal debut in their next match against Al Riyadh on September 15.

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