Neymar completely loses his head in first Al-Hilal start

Furious Neymar shoves an opponent to the ground and boots the ball into him from yards away in Al-Hilal’s Asian Champions League draw with Uzbekistani side

  • Neymar made his first start for Al-Hilal in Monday’s AFC Champions League tie
  • The Brazilian was booked for kicking the ball at a player after pushing him over
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Neymar made his first start for Al-Hilal on Monday night but the Brazilian found himself hitting the headlines for the wrong reasons once again.

The former Barcelona and PSG man had an evening to forget as his side were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by Uzbekistani side Navbahor in their AFC Champions league opener.

He made little impact and the frustration clearly got the better of him as he was involved in an incident with one of the opposition players.

Neymar was seen shoving the player to the ground before purposely kicking the ball at him as he lay there.

It came after the forward, who has just returned from injury, had been on the receiving end of a poor challenge from the Navbahor man.

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Neymar shoved an opposition player to the ground before purposely kicking the ball at him

Neymar was lucky to escape with just a yellow and his side were able to salvage a draw deep into injury time.

The 31-year-old made his debut as a substitute on Friday as Al-Hilal thrashed Al-Riyadh 6-1 to maintain their one-point lead at the top of the Saudi Pro League.

He became the league’s marquee summer arrival after leaving Paris Saint-Germain to join Al-Hilal in a £78m deal that saw him cash-in on a career in European football.

Neymar joined esteemed company in Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Sadio Mane, while former Man City star Riyad Mahrez and ex-Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson similarly left England for Saudi Arabia.

The Brazilian was lucky to escape with a yellow card during the AFC Champions League clash

Neymar starred in France for six years after arriving in Paris for a world-record £198m deal in 2017 from Barcelona and decided to call time on his career in the nation after approaches from Saudi Arabia were made.

He still had four-years left on his contract at PSG but sought a new challenge in the Middle East and signed a two-year deal with Al-Hilal that is understood to be worth £130million a year.


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