About a month after their intense clash in the quarter-finals of the King Salman Cup, Saudi Arabia’s two most prestigious football clubs, Al Ittihad and Al Hilal, are set to face off once again, this time in matchweek 5 of the Saudi Pro League.
In their previous encounter in August, Al Hilal emerged victorious with a 3-1 win, thanks to goals from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Salem Al Dawsari, and Malcom. Al Ittihad had their chances, but Karim Benzema missed a crucial penalty, and Romarinho’s lone goal proved to be a mere consolation.
Despite the loss, Hilal progressed to the final, where they faced Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr but fell short in extra time. Fast forward a month, and the dynamics have shifted for both teams. You may also read Messi’s Epic 672-Goal Showdown vs. Levante Barcelona’s Shocking Turn of Fate in LaLiga 2007.
The arrival of midfield anchor Fabinho from Liverpool has proven to be the missing piece in Coach Nuno Espirito Santo’s Al Ittihad lineup. The Brazilian now partners with N’Golo Kante in the midfield, unleashing the attacking potential of players like Igor Coronado and Romarinho. Al Ittihad enters Friday’s ‘Saudi Clasico’ with a perfect 100% start to the Saudi Pro League season, scoring 12 goals and conceding none in their first four matches.
Meanwhile, life is looking exceptionally good for Neymar Jr in Saudi Arabia. The Brazilian superstar signed a lucrative two-year deal with Al-Hilal worth a staggering $100 million per year. This contract comes with numerous extravagant perks, including the provision of a mansion with an extensive staff. It’s an offer that’s hard to refuse, and the question remains whether Neymar will move into an existing mansion or design his own.
An imaginative designer has taken a crack at creating Neymar’s future mansion, and the results are nothing short of impressive. This multi-level mansion features white washed walls and roofs adorned with green and golden domes. The exterior boasts waterways lined with palm trees and ample space for lounging and enjoying the sun.
In the world of football transfers, Saudi clubs have been quite active this summer, with Roberto Firmino, Fabinho, and even club captain Jordan Henderson choosing to make the move to the Middle East. Liverpool’s manager, Jurgen Klopp, now fears losing his talisman, Mohamed Salah, who has been prolific with 187 goals in 307 appearances for the Reds. While losing Salah would be a significant setback, the financial incentives of a deal for a player who recently turned 31 could be too tempting to pass up.
Chelsea has reportedly offered around €30 million (£26 million) for the 18-year-old talent, with the plan for him to remain in Belgium for the remainder of the season. Chelsea aims to finalize the deal before the deadline to secure this promising young talent’s signature. You should also check Ronaldo’s Astonishing Hat-Trick Heroics Unbelievable Back-Heel Assist Shatters Records.
As for Chelsea, the club has already surpassed the £400 million spending mark this summer. However, there are indications that the Blues have identified another potential target who could bring a renewed sense of fear to Stamford Bridge in the future. Negotiations are reportedly in progress for the transfer of Club Brugge forward Antonio Nusa before the upcoming 11pm transfer deadline.
These developments in the football world showcase the ever-evolving landscape of the sport, with top clubs and star players making significant moves and strategic decisions that could shape the season ahead.