After $380M transfer spend on players, Saudi soccer club Al Hilal targets world record wins streak


After $380M transfer spend on players, Saudi soccer club Al Hilal targets world record wins streak

Al Hilal, a Saudi Arabian soccer club, is aiming to achieve a 28th straight win in competitive games, potentially setting a world record for a top-tier team. The team, led by Serbia forward Aleksandar Mitrović, has been on a winning streak fueled by Neymar’s long-term injury. Al Hilal hopes to break the recognized wins record of 27 set by The New Saints in the 2016-17 season. This Welsh team had previously taken the record from the legendary Ajax team inspired by Johan Cruyff in 1971-72.

Al Hilal’s successful season comes after the club invested about 350 million euros ($380 million) in player transfers, supported by the Saudi sovereign wealth operation, the Public Investment Fund. This financial backing is controlled by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The winning streak includes 16 games in the Saudi league, three in the domestic cup, and eight in the Asian Champions League.

While Coach Jorge Jesus acknowledges the achievement of setting a world record, he emphasizes that true titles are the league, the cup, and the Asian Champions League. The last time Al Hilal did not win was on September 21 in a 1-1 draw against league rival Damac. Neymar’s injury occurred four weeks later while playing for Brazil.

In an upcoming second-leg game in the Asian Champions League quarterfinals against domestic rival Al Ittihad, Al Hilal takes a 2-0 lead to Jeddah. The winner will advance to the semifinals against either Al Nassr and Cristiano Ronaldo or Al Ain of the United Arab Emirates. This game marks an important moment for Al Hilal as they seek to solidify their position as a top-tier team in world football.

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