Neymar, who is currently out for the season with anterior cruciate ligament and knee meniscus injuries, has slammed as “fake news” allegations linking him to a move to Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal.
According to France’s RMC Sport, Neymar personally went to the social media account of Brazil’s Putebolearte, the club that made the allegations against him, and left a comment.
According to the outlet, Putebolearte claimed that Neymar left Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) for Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal last summer because he “failed a pre-season medical, and that PSG sent him to Al-Hilal even though they knew he was out of shape”.
Neymar was indeed out for the season after suffering an ankle injury in late February, and didn’t return to action until August. However, Neymar decided to end his stay with PSG. He shocked the soccer world by leaving PSG for Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal.
After being sidelined with an injury shortly after joining Al-Hilal, Neymar was slowly gaining playing time until he suffered another long-term injury in a national team A match on September 18.
Neymar, who was selected to play for Brazil in a South American qualifier for the 2026 North and Central American World Cup against Uruguay, collided with an opponent during a ball contest and suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and damaged meniscus in his left knee.
A torn ACL alone can take a long time to recover from, but when combined with the meniscus injury, Neymar decided to have surgery and is expected to miss at least six months. He could be back as early as April next year, and if his recovery is delayed, he could be out for the season altogether.
Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) will pay Al-Hilal compensation for Neymar’s injury during an A-match. FIFA’s regulations include a compensation policy that allows clubs to pay up to £6.5 million a year if a player is injured during an A-match.
But for Alhilal, who spent a huge amount of money to sign Neymar, it’s a small price to pay.
Al-Hilal shelled out €90 million ($129.2 billion) for Neymar’s transfer fee alone, bringing his total salary to a whopping £276 million ($455.4 billion) over two years. The club also guaranteed Neymar $700 million for every post he made promoting Saudi 먹튀검증 Arabia on social media, as well as a host of other options, including a plane to travel the world, a top-of-the-line luxury home with butlers, and a range of luxury sports cars.
This led Putebolearte to raise one theory. The theory is that PSG, who had already realized through preseason medicals that Neymar’s body was in a state of disrepair, sold him outright in order to collect a transfer fee.
Neymar himself took to social media to refute the outrageous claims. “Day after day, night after night, the situation doesn’t change. Some of these accounts that don’t share their daily lives with the players are talking. They have no idea what’s really going on and yet they write as if there’s a problem,” he said, criticizing the claims of people who have no idea.
“People are becoming increasingly fooled by fake news. I still believe there will be a future without fake news,” he added.