He scored a hat-trick in the home leg of the Copa Libertadores final – Thiago Neves had by then already scored once in the away leg (in Ecuador) — (during the 2008 Copa Libertadores) but ending up on the losing side, as Fluminense drew 5–5 on aggregate with LDU de Quito and were eventually downed in the penalty shootout. Neves was one of the players who missed a penalty.
He left the club on 31 January 2009 and joined Al-Hilal for €7 million. Neves scored a hat-trick against the rival team Al-Ittihad which shaped their historic 5–0 victory. In 2012 he signed for Fluminense for the exact fee he was sold and at the end of that season he was crowd champion in Brazil for his new club. On July of 2013 he was sold back to Al-Hilal for €6 million.
1Placar started to give this prize to the best grade holder at Bola de Prata since 1973. In its 2013 ceremonies, a Bola de Ouro was given to Dirceu Lopes, holder of the best 1971 grade. Francisco Reyes and Elías Figueroa, holders of 1970 and 1972 ones respectively, have not been announced as these years' winners yet.