This move follows the trend of European stars, including Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, joining clubs in the Saudi Pro League.
By Emmanuel Chibuke:
Wolverhampton Wanderers’ captain, Ruben Neves, has joined Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia, making him the latest high-profile player to make the move. Al-Hilal, the biggest team in Asia, announced the signing on social media, stating that Neves signed a three-season deal in Paris.
Wolves confirmed the departure, stating that they received a significant transfer fee, reported to be around 55 million euros. Neves, a Portuguese international who previously played for Porto, had one year remaining on his contract with Wolves.
This move follows the trend of European stars, including Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, joining clubs in the Saudi Pro League. Despite interest from Barcelona, Neves, at 26 years old, still has his best years ahead of him.
The transfer deal alleviates financial pressures on Wolves, who have faced scrutiny for breaching Premier League spending rules. During his time at Wolves, Neves made 253 appearances, scoring 30 goals, and played a crucial role in the team’s promotion to the Premier League and subsequent seventh-placed finishes.
However, Wolves struggled to maintain their success and finished 13th in the previous season after reaching the Europa League quarter-finals in 2020.