Cristiano Ronaldo Firmly Believes that the Saudi League Surpasses the MLS After Lionel Messi’s Move to Inter Miami
Following the highly anticipated unveiling of Lionel Messi at Inter Miami, Cristiano Ronaldo has made a bold assertion, insisting that the Saudi Pro League outshines the MLS. Messi’s arrival at the Florida-based team was met with great fanfare, as it had been announced earlier this summer that he would be joining them in a staggering £45 million per year deal.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo, Ronaldo’s long-standing rival, made a move to Saudi Arabia, signing with Al-Nassr after his departure from Manchester United last season in a jaw-dropping £175 million per year deal. Since then, numerous prominent players, including the likes of Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, Ruben Neves, Kalidou Koulibaly, Roberto Firmino, and many others, have followed suit by venturing into the Middle Eastern country.
Ronaldo, who recently confirmed his commitment to Saudi Arabia for the upcoming season, decisively dismissed any rumors of a return to Europe or a move to the United States. Following a 5-0 pre-season friendly match against Celta Vigo on Monday, the Portuguese star candidly expressed his views on his future, claiming that he will not be joining any American or European clubs.
According to reports from Fabrizio Romano, Ronaldo stated, “‘The Saudi league is better than the MLS. I’m 100 percent sure I won’t return to any European club. I paved the way to the Saudi league, and now all the players are coming here. I won’t return to European football; the door is completely closed.”
He further elaborated, “I’m 38 years old, and European football has lost a lot of its quality. The only league that, in my opinion, maintains a high level of quality and surpasses all others is the Premier League. The Spanish league lacks that exceptional quality. The Portuguese league is decent but not among the top-tier leagues. The German league, I believe, has also experienced a decline. I am certain that I won’t be playing in Europe again. I want to continue my career in Saudi Arabia.”
Recent acquisitions by Ronaldo’s club, including Marcelo Brozovic, took place just before a ban was imposed at the beginning of July. Ronaldo expressed optimism about the future of the Saudi league, stating, “In one year, more top players will come to Saudi. The Saudi league will surpass the Turkish league and the Dutch league within a year.”
Ronaldo also addressed criticism of the incoming players, refuting claims made by the President of the European Union. He asserted, “The players who have arrived are not as the President of the European Union stated. Jota and Neves, for instance, are young players.”
With these remarks, Ronaldo has underscored his unwavering belief in the superior quality and appeal of the Saudi Pro League, predicting a continued influx of top talent and a rise in its stature within the global football landscape.