Neymar Junior took his first steps in the Saudi Pro League with Al-Hilal, and he couldn’t have asked for a better start. The former FC Barcelona and Santos star, who joined Al-Hilal this summer from Paris Saint-Germain, immediately won the hearts of fans by contributing to a thumping victory against Al-Riyadh.
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Although Neymar failed to find the back of the net himself, his presence on the pitch was keenly felt. In just 24 minutes of play, the Brazilian playmaker provided a crucial assist, helping his team dominate the match with a final score of 6-1. A performance which demonstrated the player’s undeniable talent and his adaptability to his new environment, especially after more than 6 months of absence.
Following the premiere, Neymar expressed his gratitude to supporters and teammates on social media.
On X (Twitter), he said: “ Very happy to start with a victory… thanks to the fans for the tribute .”
Muito feliz por estrear com vitória … obrigado aos torcedores pela homenagem 🙏💙 pic.twitter.com/EsO8GHP9fC
— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) September 15, 2023
Next step, the Champions League
Neymar and his teammates now have their eyes on the future. The next challenge ahead of them is a home match against Navbahor Namangan of Uzbekistan, scheduled for September 18.
This match will be a key clash in Group D of the AFC Champions League, the Asian equivalent of the Champions League.