Brazil and PSG forward Neymar Jr on Tuesday signed a lucrative contract to join Saudi Arabian Pro League side Al Hilal on a $300m package record salary in two years with no option to extend.
Neymar had his medical in Paris on Monday and will arrive Riyadh ahead of his unveiling to the club’s fans on Wednesday at the King Fahd International Stadium.
Al Hilal, managed by Portuguese coach Jorge Jesus, play Al Fayha on Saturday with Neymar expected to wear the number 10 shirt.
Neymar, who joined PSG in 2017 from Spanish club Barcelona for a world record transfer fee of 222 million euros ($242m), missed PSG’s goalless league opener against Lorient on Saturday due to a viral infection.
His salary could go up to potential $400m total until 2025 based on add-ons & commercial deals.
The deal was completed by his father Neymar Pai and super agent Pini Zahavi.
Some of the perks Neymar will enjoy for signing for Al-Hilal include:
1. A private jet at his disposal
2. A huge house with staff
3. €800,000 bonus for every Al Hilal win
4. €500,000 for every post or story he posts on his social media handles that promotes Saudi Arabia.
A breakdown of Neymar’s salaries at Al-Hilal shows the following:
8. €300M over two seasons
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In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.
He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.
Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.
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