Saudi Arabian Professional League side Al-Hilal have come under fire for their choice of design when wishing Neymar well after he suffered a serious knee injury.
The former PSG and Barcelona star suffered a cruciate ligament injury while playing for Brazil in their 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to Uruguay on Tuesday night.
It was confirmed on Wednesday that Neymar had ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and torn the meniscus in his left knee, with the Brazilian now facing a race against time to recover ahead of the Copa America in the United States this summer. next.
Neymar completed a €100m move to Al-Hilal in August, signing a two-year deal worth €150m per season, and scored his first goal against Iranian side FC Nassaji Mazandaran in the AFC Champions League earlier this month. .
After the news of his injury was confirmed, the 31-year-old’s club posted on X: “The medical tests Neymar underwent confirmed a cruciate ligament injury and a torn meniscus in his knee. He will undergo surgery and then a treatment program to be determined later. Come back stronger @neymarjr”.
However, their congratulations were accompanied by a design of Neymar screaming in agony as he held his knee after the incident on Tuesday night, prompting some to criticize the club.
One fan said: “I’m sorry but why would you do this design,” before another added: “This photo choice is brutal, come on now.”
A further supporter said: ‘We need a new marketing team’ and another fan added: ‘Why are they using this photo?’
Another agreed as they also said: ‘Why would you use that picture of him in agony?’