As star footballers line up to take Saudi money, it is easy to forget that this is a phenomenon that stretches back decades. Only now, the stakes are much, much higher.
Saudi Pro League superstar Neymar will get his first taste of Asian Champions League football after last season's runners-up Al-Hilal were drawn against Iran's Nassaji Mazandaran FC, Mumbai City FC of India and Uzbekistan's Navbahor in the group stage on Thursday.
Brazilian superstar Neymar will be unveiled to fans at Al-Hilal on Saturday as he becomes the latest world-famous footballer snapped up by the big-spending Saudi Pro League.
Al-Hilal are desperate to sign Victor Osimhen before the end of the ongoing summer transfer window and has offered the Nigerian striker a lucrative deal worth €200 million. Transfer News Live on Tuesday quoted Calcio Napoli as saying that Al-Hilal's latest offer to Osimhen will see the Super Eagles striker earn €40m a year over…
Italian club, Napoli, have rejected Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia’s huge attempt to lure Super Eagles’ striker, Victor Osimhen, to the Saudi Pro League.
Paris Saint-Germain have given Saudi club Al Hilal permission to speak to Kylian Mbappe after tabling a world record 300-million-euro ($333 million) bid, a source close to the negotiations told AFP on Monday.
Wolves captain Ruben Neves is reportedly close to becoming the next major player to arrive in Saudi Arabia with Al Hilal set to spend £47 million ($60 million) on the Portuguese international.
Al-Hilal president Fahd Bin Nafel refused to comment on the possibility of signing Lionel Messi, insisting his Saudi Arabian side is "more important than just one player"....
Vinicius Junior and Fede Valverde struck twice each, while Karim Benzema also scored on his return from injury in Madrid's spectacular victory over their Saudi Arabian opponents.