As Lionel Messi reaches Major League Soccer, his lifelong rival Cristiano Ronaldo has hailed the Saudi league as the best.
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Speaking to the media after playing the first half of a pre-season match, which Al-Nassr lost 5-0 to Celta Vigo in his native Portugal, Ronaldo said that the Saudi Professional League is better than the MLS and that he had no intention of doing so. Go to play in the US or go back to Europe.
When asked to comment on Lionel Messi’s decision to move to North America, he said: “The Saudi League is better than the American League.”
“It paved the way for Saudi Arabia and now all the players come here.”
He says this because in recent weeks several important players have taken action, including Karim Benzema, Marcelo Brozovic, N’Golo Kante and Roberto Firmino.
He added, “Within a year, more and more players will come to Saudi Arabia. Ronaldo believes that within a year this league will overtake the Turkish League and the Dutch League.
here for good
Ronaldo joined Al-Nassr last January after his divorce from Manchester United.
He is therefore entering his first full season in Saudi Arabia and insists he will not return to the other side of the Mediterranean because he believes the level of play in Europe has dropped in recent years.
He added: I am 100% sure that I will not return to a European club. I am 38 years old and the quality of European football has dropped a lot. The only circuit that is still relevant and well functioning is the English Premier League. “She is far ahead of the others,” thought Ronaldo, who was once in the heyday of Real Madrid.