Neymar embraces Saudi traditions during his recovery, participates in Saudi Arabia’s Founding Day

Al Hilal, even in Neymar's absence, has been nothing short of dominant, strutting atop the Saudi Pro League standings.
Desmond Efe-Khaese
2024-02-21 12:09:13

Neymar found himself amidst the vibrant festivities of Al Hilal, celebrating Saudi Founding Day with gusto. He was back in the warm embrace of Saudi Arabia, navigating his recovery journey from a knee injury, yet taking a moment to soak in the day for the kingdom. The Brazilian was in the traditional Saudi garb alongside his Al Hilal comrades.


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What is the Saudi Arabia’s Founding Day?

Now, February 22 isn’t just another day on the calendar; it’s marked with golden letters as Saudi Arabia’s Founding Day. It’s a time to delve into the deep, rich history of Saudi rule, stretching back centuries—distinct, mind you, from Saudi National Day on September 23.

Amid the swirling rumors and speculation about Neymar’s next moves, he seemed all smiles. The buzz? A potential nostalgic return to Santos, his first love in football, post-2025 when his current contract runs its course. Earlier whispers from El Nacional hinted at Neymar’s longing for home turf, a return to the roots.

But Al Hilal, even in Neymar’s absence, has been nothing short of dominant, strutting atop the Saudi Pro League standings with a swagger that says, “We’ve got this.” Under Jorge Jesus’ savvy leadership, they’re not just leading; they’re setting the pace, seven points clear at halftime.

And there’s more on the horizon. Al Hilal’s dance card is full as they gear up to host Iran’s Sepahan in the Asian Champions League’s last 16 second leg in Riyadh this Thursday. The stage is set for drama, intrigue, and, hopefully, a dash of Neymar’s magic, even if from the sidelines.