Ruben Neves Defends Saudi Club's International Footballer Influx, Denies Retirement Motives
In a fiery retort, Al-Hilal sensation Ruben Neves has vehemently defended the recent influx of international footballers to Saudi clubs, effectively silencing critics who have raised concerns about these high-profile transfers during the summer transfer window. The Portuguese player refuted the claim with a powerful argument, stating that his decision to move to Riyadh was not a result of his desire to retire.
In the midst of a flurry of high-profile signings by prominent Saudi Pro League clubs, Neves has responded to the criticism directed at him. In a groundbreaking move last winter, Riyadh-based football club Al-Nassr set a new trend by securing the signature of Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. In a major development this summer, Saudi clubs have successfully secured contracts with several esteemed veteran stars, including France's Karim Benzema and Ngolo Kante, Senegal's Sadio Mane, Brazil's Fabinho, and Algeria's Riyad Mahrez.
In a thrilling match on Wednesday, Al-Hilal's Neves emerged as the hero, securing victory for his team against Wydad Casablanca, the Moroccan club. Neves' winning goal in the 2-1 triumph not only sealed the win but also propelled Al-Hilal into the quarterfinals of the highly anticipated Arab Clubs Championship.
In a resolute declaration broadcast on live television, Neves categorically refuted any notion that his presence in the Saudi capital was for leisurely purposes. In a resolute statement, the individual emphasized that their purpose for being here is not to retire but rather to engage in the thrilling sport of football.
In a recent statement, 26-year-old Neves, who recently bid farewell to Wolverhampton Wanderers in order to embark on a new journey with a Saudi club, expressed his thoughts on the highly competitive nature of the league. He acknowledged the significant investments made by the league, emphasizing the challenges that lie ahead. With their ongoing investments, the Saudi Pro League is poised to become one of the most fiercely competitive leagues on the global stage.