There has been quite a lot of criticism against those players who decided to join the Saudi Pro League. Nevertheless, those who seem destined to become ambassadors for the league, such as Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo, have spoken wonders of the competition whenever they have been given the chance.
Speaking in the pre-match presser in his capacity as Brazil's captain, Neymar was asked about his decision to leave PSG. Clearly stating his mind, the footballer aimed a scathing dig at the league where he won five titles with Les Parisiens, and also had a message to those who have snubbed the Pro League for its lack of tradition.
Reporter : "Is the quality from Ligue 1 to Saudi different?"— christopher (@crsxsa) September 7, 2023
Neymar : "I guarantee the football is the same. The ball is round and there are goals (laughs). And with all the names Saudi has signed, look, Saudi might be better than Ligue 1." pic.twitter.com/DmqJsDzHRq
The player went on to add that his will to win more titles is still there, regardless of the country he lives in now.
"Nothing has changed that much. I want to win as many titles as possible with Al Hilal. It will not be easy, but it will surely be quite interesting," Neymar added.
The Brazilian ace is expected to lead A Canarinha into the pitch when they face Bolivia on Friday. This will be the first game for the winger with the national team since they were eliminated by Croatia in the 2022 World Cup semi-finals, and you can keep track of all the action by visiting our bespoke Brazil vs Bolivia match page.