Neymar, recovering from a torn cruciate ligament in his left knee, took advantage of his free time to visit his former club Santos. To the cheers of the fans, the Brazilian was back home.
Neymar moved to Al Hilal for 90 million euros a few months ago, leaving PSG and Europe behind. While Santos fans were hoping for the return of the prodigal son, it was Saudi Arabia that acquired the Brazilian star. Unfortunately, Neymar only had time to play 5 games before getting injured during a Seleçao training camp in October.
The 32-year-old still made the trip to Santos to see his beloved team face Corinthians in a 1-0 victory in the Paulista championship. Even though Alvinegro are relegated to the second division, Neymar was very happy to return to the Estádio Urbano Caldeira. “At home,” the former FC Barcelona striker wrote on his Instagram account.
This is not the first time Neymar has proclaimed his love for Santos. In April 2023, while still under contract with PSG, Neymar announced his intention to return one day to wear the Santos colors again. “I feel at home here. It’s the club that gave me everything, that opened doors for me and my family, that revealed me to the world. I’m very happy and proud to be here. One day, I’ll come back,” confessed the Brazilian national team’s all-time top scorer (79 goals) during his previous visit to Santos, where he was once again warmly welcomed and able to greet the fans.
While Neymar didn’t always seem particularly happy in Paris, he hasn’t been exactly ecstatic since signing with the Saudi Pro League either. The club that really makes him tick is Santos, and all Brazilians are eagerly awaiting his definitive return.