Neymar reaches agreement to join Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal | World News

Twelve stars now signed by teams from Saudi Arabia

Cristiano Ronaldo – Al Nassr. Following his acrimonious departure from Manchester United, five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo has headed to Saudi Arabia.

Karim Benzema – Al-Ittihad. Reigning Ballon d’Or winner Benzema left Real Madrid after his contract expired, having won five Champions League titles during his time there.

Jordan Henderson – Al-Ettifaq. The former Liverpool captain signed a three-year deal, leaving Anfield after 12 years to re-link with former team-mate Steven Gerrard, who is now the Saudi club’s manager.

Riyad Mahrez – Al Ahli. Mahrez is the latest high-profile Saudi signing after Manchester City agreed a deal worth up to £30m for the Algerian winger, who had two years remaining on his contract.

N’Golo Kante – Al-Ittihad. Kante headed to the Gulf on a free transfer as he opted to leave Chelsea at the end of his contract.

Kalidou Koulibaly – Al Hilal. After just one season at Stamford Bridge, Senegalese centre-back Koulibaly left Chelsea for around £20m.

Ruben Neves – Al-Hilal. Portugal international Neves helped Wolves win promotion from the Championship before enjoying five Premier League campaigns at Molineux, establishing himself as one of the division’s most highly regarded midfielders.

Edouard Mendy – Al Ahli. Mendy lost his place as Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper after coming to the club in 2020. He played just 10 Premier League games last season.

Marcelo Brozovic – Al-Nassr. Brozovic left Inter Milan after captaining the Serie A side to their Champions League final loss to Manchester City. The 30-year-old Croatian midfielder heads to Saudi Arabia after eight seasons and five major trophies in Italy.

Roberto Firmino – Al Ahli. The highest-scoring Brazilian in Premier League history, Firmino was a firm favorite among Liverpool supporters after eight years at Anfield.

Jota – Al-Ittihad. After scoring 15 goals to help Celtic win a domestic treble, former Portugal youth international Jota made a £25m move in early July.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – Al-Hilal. Lazio’s player of the season in 2020-21 and 2021-22, Milinkovic-Savic will feature in the Saudi Pro League after a £34.3m transfer.

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