The five-time Ballon d’Or winner believes that the Saudi Professional Football League is better than the American Professional League (MLS).
Cristiano Ronaldo, who terminated his contract with Manchester United by mutual consent after the end of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nasr, says the Asian league is better than the American Major League Soccer (MLS), which Lionel Messi chose it as his next destination when he joined Inter Miami.
38-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo said after Al-Nasr’s 5-0 defeat against Celta Vigo in a friendly match during the pre-season: “I am 100% sure that I will not return to play for a European team because I am 38 years old.” European football has largely lost its quality. The only major league that is still good is the English Premier League. They are way ahead of all other leagues.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner also said in an allusion to Lionel Messi, who recently signed a two-year contract with Inter Miami in the MLS league, that the Saudi league is better than the MLS. Now all the (famous) players are coming to the Saudi League. During a year, more high-level players will come to Saudi Arabia. Within a year, the Saudi league will take over the Turkish and Dutch leagues.
Ronaldo also responded to the recent claim of Aleksandr Ceferin (UEFA president) who said that old players go to Saudi Arabia at the end of their football career to collect some money, and noted: The players who come to the Saudi league are not like the head of the football union. Europe has said. For example, Jota and Ruben Nous are young players.
So far, famous players such as Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, Ruben Nous, Kalidou Koulibaly, Edouard Mendy, Marcelo Brozovic, Jota and Sergei Milinkovic-Savic have followed Cristiano Ronaldo’s path and joined the Saudi teams.
In another part of his speech, the Portuguese superstar Al-Nasr said: My decision to join the Saudi League was 100% very important to attract new top players, and this is a fact. Serie A was dead when I joined Juventus and it was revived after I signed for Juve. Wherever Cristiano goes, he creates more interest.
He continued: Some criticize me for choosing Saudi Arabia to play, but what happened now? I opened the way for other players and now all players come to this league.