Neymar has recently made his highly anticipated debut in Saudi Arabia, but his journey has been far from smooth sailing. Despite the grand reception from fans and the overwhelming support he received, Neymar finds himself embroiled in controversy and facing unexpected setbacks. Let’s delve into the details of this intriguing story.
Similar to the warm welcome received by football icons Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema before him, Neymar was greeted with the adulation befitting a superstar upon his arrival in Saudi Arabia. A spectacular event was organized to introduce the new Al-Hilal star to his devoted supporters, with an astonishing 60,000 fans eagerly awaiting his debut. However, Neymar’s much-anticipated appearance in his new team’s colors will have to be postponed for the time being.
Al-Hilal’s coach, Jorge Jesus, expressed his admiration for Neymar’s exceptional abilities, stating, “Neymar is capable of anything; he is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world when he is in prime physical condition.” Unfortunately, Neymar’s debut will have to be delayed due to a minor muscular injury that will keep him sidelined for several weeks.
This setback is not the only challenge Neymar faces during his early days at Al-Hilal. Unbeknownst to him, he has inadvertently become entangled in a controversy concerning his call-up to the Brazilian national team during the September international break. Jorge Jesus openly criticized the Brazilian selection for summoning Neymar, stating, “I am puzzled as to why the Brazilian national team called him up when he is injured. Perhaps they will force him to go to Brazil. He will not play because he is physically incapable of doing so. He is unable to train at the moment. I see no reason for him to travel to Brazil today. How can he play when he cannot even train? He needs time to recover his muscle strength before he can start playing again,” explained the former Benfica coach.
Clearly, Jorge Jesus is deeply disappointed by this turn of events. Neymar’s absence will undoubtedly be felt in the upcoming matches for Al-Hilal, including the eagerly awaited clash against Karim Benzema’s Al Ittihad on September 1st. Until then, Neymar can take solace in the luxurious lifestyle provided by his new club, which has showered him with numerous privileges.
Neymar’s arrival in Saudi Arabia has been marred by both controversy and setbacks. Despite the initial excitement and overwhelming support from fans, his inability to train and play due to a muscular injury has cast a shadow over his debut. Moreover, the unexpected call-up by the Brazilian national team has added fuel to the fire, leaving Al-Hilal’s coach frustrated and questioning the decision. As Neymar embarks on his journey with Al-Hilal, he will need to overcome these obstacles and prove his worth on the pitch, captivating fans and critics alike with his exceptional skills and determination.