SportsNeymar's next goal: Buying and revitalizing boyhood club Santos FC

Neymar's next goal: Buying and revitalizing boyhood club Santos FC

In the photo: Neymar
In the photo: Neymar
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4:02 PM EDT, April 10, 2024

Recently, a rumor emerged that Neymar promised to return to play for Santos FC. More intriguing news has come to light, painting a broader picture of his plans for the club that launched his career.

Last summer, Neymar made a headline-grabbing move to Saudi Arabia, leaving Paris Saint-Germain for Al-Hilal. However, his time on the field was cut short as the 32-year-old suffered a cruciate ligament injury, sidelining him for almost the entire season.

The renowned Brazilian is currently rehabilitating. With ample free time, Neymar recently visited his home country and attended a Santos FC match, sparking an intriguing rumor among the media.

Neymar to buy his former club?

It's reported that Neymar declared his intention to return to Santos FC in the near future, likely in 2025 after his contract with Al-Hilal ends. But there's an even more surprising twist to his plans.

Brazilian media are buzzing with news that Neymar is interested in purchasing Santos FC. The star aims to be both a player and the owner, potentially providing a lifeline to the club.

Santos FC has been relegated to the second division for the first time in its history. The club is grappling with a severe financial crisis, shouldering debts estimated at 130 million euros (approximately $144 million).

Neymar plans to initially focus on playing and, after retiring, take over the club's management, with assistance from his father, who has long played a crucial role in managing his career.

Thus, the 32-year-old may emulate Ronaldo, the legendary Brazilian who recently acquired 90 percent of Cruzeiro Belo Horizonte's shares. Ronaldo not only resolved the club's financial woes but also managed to achieve promotion to Brazil's top-tier league within months.

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