During a press conference held through the ongoing international break and as a member of the Brazilian contingent, former PSG forward Neymar made some ridiculous comments about his new adventure in the Middle Eastern region.
Neymar suggested that the Saudi Pro League has a level of quality that "could surpass that of Ligue 1," which is north to south, left to right, an outrageous claim to make.
Neymar is one of the most expensive players in the history of football, moving from Santos to Barcelona for a hefty fee paid for a youngster without experience in Europe, and he then went from Barcelona to PSG in a record-breaking €222m operation.
The Brazil international, who recently overtook Pele at the top of the goalscoring ranks of the country, made 173 appearances at PSG scoring 118 goals and contributing 77 assists.
Of those, 82 goals and 50 assists were tallied in Ligue 1 play, where Neymar helped PSG win five titles during his spell at the Parc des Princes.
A few weeks ago following an endless stream of rumors spanning months, Neymar was sold by PSG for a fee of €90m to Al-Hilal of the Saudi Pro League.
When asked about his adaptation to Saudi Arabia, Neymar told a nice story about how football is a global language and a sport played similarly everywhere. Quite a fairytale for Ney and his pockets, indeed.
Neymar also acknowledged the remarkable talent pool in the Saudi league, hinting that this competition could potentially surpass Ligue 1 in quality over the years if the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia keeps backing up their league financially.
The Brazil international spoke about the demanding nature of training sessions and his strong motivation to win titles with Al-Hilal, emphasizing that he pays little attention to others' opinions, and trying to force-draw a parallel to how Ligue 1 was once considered weak but presented him with significant challenges and is now a surefire Top 5 league in Europe.
Good luck trying to earn a flight ticket to the 2026 World Cup while plying your trade in Saudi Arabia, Ney!