A video allegedly displaying Neymar's debut goals for his newly joined team, Al Hilal Saudi Club, has gone viral on social media.
Some users claimed that Neymar scored his initial three goals for Al Hilal against the Mumbai team in the Asian Champions League.
Misbar investigated the widely circulated video and found the claim to be misleading.
After conducting a thorough reverse image search on the circulated video, Misbar's team found that it is outdated.
The Video Shows Neymar’s Goals During a Charity Match
Contrary to the claim, the video actually features Neymar participating in a charity match in Brazil on December 26, 2018.
A YouTube channel uploaded highlights of Neymar's match on December 27, 2018. The identical goals featured in the viral video are also present in the original video, starting at the 44-second mark.
Neymar Participated in a Charity Match Against Hunger
Media outlets also reported the charity match at the time. The Brazilian football player Neymar took part in the 18th edition of the "Football Against Hunger" event. Notable figures like Vinicius Junior from Real Madrid and former star Roberto Carlos, as well as other players including Falcao and Dante, joined him in the match.
These charity exhibition matches are quite popular in Brazil. Brazil's Globo Esporte reports that the event managed to gather 120 tons of food for families in need within the community.
Neymar's Transfer to Al Hilal SFC
In a significant move, Brazilian football icon Neymar has officially completed his transfer from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) to Al Hilal in the Saudi Pro League.
Al Hilal and PSG have come to an agreement on a transfer fee of 90 million euros ($98 million) for Neymar's move. This amount sets a fresh record within the league, backed by the prosperous nation of Saudi Arabia as part of its substantial investment in top-tier football talents. Neymar has been offered a two-year contract with expectations of earning an annual income of around $100 million. This figure is roughly half of what the reported salary of 38-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo is.
Expressing his aspirations through a statement released by the league, Neymar stated his desire to forge new sporting history, praising the Saudi Pro League for its remarkable vitality and the presence of high-quality players at this moment. Neymar stated, "[I want to] write new sporting history, and the Saudi Pro League has tremendous energy and quality players at the moment."
Neymar’s Debut for Al Hilal Will Delay
Coach Jorge Jesus, Al Hilal's manager, mentioned that due to an injury, Brazilian winger Neymar might need to postpone his debut with Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal until September. Jesus pointed out Neymar's current minor injury and expressed uncertainty about the exact return date, suggesting a potential readiness around mid-September. Jesus, the coach of Al Hilal, also expressed surprise at Neymar's selection in Brazil's squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Neymar, who hasn't played for Brazil since the previous year's World Cup due to recovery from an ankle injury sustained in February, has nevertheless been named in the squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia on September 8 and Peru four days later.