PORTUGAL/SAUDI ARABIA: Cristiano Ronaldo has emphatically stated that he will not play club football in Europe again and believes that the Saudi Arabian league surpasses Major League Soccer (MLS), where his rival Lionel Messi recently began his professional career, in terms of quality and legacy.
After leaving Manchester United, Ronaldo signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Al Nassr, and he sees his move as paving the way for other elite players to join Saudi clubs, predicting that more will follow suit.
Following Al Nassr’s 5-0 loss to Celta Vigo in a pre-season friendly, the 38-year-old Portuguese captain expressed his belief that most European leagues are in decline.
Due to his age, he does not foresee joining another European team and considers the English Premier League as the sole legitimate and competitive league.
Ronaldo has been linked with a potential move to Saudi Arabia, where Messi is set to sign a contract until 2025. Ronaldo regards the Saudi league as superior to MLS and expects other renowned athletes to make the move in the coming year. Notable players like Karim Benzema from Real Madrid and N’Golo Kante from Chelsea have already joined Al-Ittihad champions.