Neymar has credited Cristiano Ronaldo for his move to Al Hilal, he believes the Portuegese star is the reason many top players are leaving Europe for the Middle East.
The Brazilian, who left Paris Saint-Germain to join the likes of Karim Benzema, Roberto Firmino and other big names in football, praised Ronaldo for igniting the growth of the Saudi Pro League.
According to Neymar, Ronaldo was called “crazy” when he left Manchester United and signed for Al Nassr last December.
Neymar signed a lucrative two-year contract with the Riyadh-based club, are are also the reigning champions of Asia, despite being linked with a move to Man United, Chelsea and a return to Barcelona.
In his first interview signing he completed the move, he said: “I believe Cristiano Ronaldo started all of this and everybody called him ‘crazy,’ and this and that
“Today you see the league grow more and more. The league will be very competitive, especially after the signings made in the summer transfer window. I believe competitiveness is important. That’s why I am joining this league. I am driven by challenges. I am there to help the league grow.”
He added that he is his “very excited” to embark on a new journey. He also promised to help groups the Saudi Pro League.
Al Hilal finished third last season, Ronaldo’s Al Nassr finished second, while the side Benzema signed for, Al Ittihad won the tile. Other clubs that are expecting to compete for the league title this season is Steven Gerrard’s Al Etiffaq, Al Shaban, and Al Ahli, a side that has Firmino, Mahrez, Allan Saint-Maximin, Frank Kessie, and former Chelsea goalkeeper Édouard Mendy.