Neymar signed for Saudi Al Hilal, ending a ten-year career in European football. The player arrived at Barcelona in 2013, the team he played with until 2017, where he won leagues, national cups, super cups, the Champions League and the Club World Cup. From there he went to Paris Saint-Germain for a record $220 million. In France, he won leagues, cups, but international titles eluded him.
At that time, Neymar became one of the best players in the world, excelling in various aspects. He has been nominated for the Ballon d’Or several times, in addition to being part of the MSN trident (Messi, Suarez, Neymar) at Barcelona, being the highest scoring striker in history between 2014 and 2017.
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Together with Messi and Suarez, he not only participated in one of the most legendary attacks in history, but also forged a strong friendship between the three of them. They are in constant contact, even Neymar congratulated Messi after winning the Copa América final in 2021 and after winning the World Cup in Qatar in 2022.
Suarez regrets Neymar’s departure from Barcelona
Regarding Neymar’s departure to football in Saudi Arabia, an excerpt from a recent interview with Luis Suarez circulated on social media, in which he spoke about the moments he shared with Messi and the Brazilian in Barcelona, as well as Ney’s departure to PSG. .
“It was very painful. We went to talk to Ney and told him, “If you want to win everything, stay here with us.” And he told us he wanted to stay,” Suarez said.
He noted that “we, as friends, advised him to stay. When he left it hurt us because he was very important and it was hard to push a player like Ney out.”
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Finally, he said that “if he had stayed at Barcelona, he would have won the Ballon d’Or.”
Watch the interview: