Ronaldo says Saudi Pro League ‘better’ than MLS
Cristiano Ronaldo, the Al Nassr striker, expressed his preference for the Saudi Pro League over Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States.
He stated that he has no intentions of playing in the U.S. or returning to a European team.
Ronaldo made these comments after participating in the first half of Al Nassr’s preseason match against Celta Vigo in Portugal.
Ronaldo believes that the Saudi league is superior to MLS and takes credit for opening the way for other players to join the league.
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He mentioned that several high-profile players, including Karim Benzema, Marcelo Brozovic, N’Golo Kante, and Roberto Firmino, have already signed deals to play in the Saudi Pro League.
The 38-year-old striker expects more top players to follow suit and predicts that within a year, the Saudi league will surpass the Turkish and Dutch leagues in terms of quality and reputation.
Ronaldo emphasized that he is committed to his first full season with Al Nassr and has no plans to return to Europe, except for a possible stint in the Premier League, which he considers to be at a higher level than other European leagues.
The game against Celta Vigo marked Rafa Benitez’s debut as the new coach for the Spanish club, and Al Nassr will play their next friendly match against Benfica in Portugal.
Ronaldo’s original plan was to play only 45 minutes in the match against Celta Vigo.