Soccer Legend Ronaldo Believes Saudi Pro League Could Make It to Top Five Leagues in the World
Cristiano Ronaldo, the internationally renowned soccer player, joined the Al-Nassr Club of Riyadh in January 2019 and believes his latest team is one that could help make the Saudi Professional League one of the world’s top five leagues. Speaking to the Saudi Sports Company (SSC) channel, the official broadcaster of the Saudi Pro League, after a recent match with Al-Shabab, Ronaldo praised the Saudi competition, noting that its quality had improved in the short time he’s played in it.
During the match, Ronaldo, who scored a stunning winner, helped his team Al-Nassr beat visiting rivals Al Shabab 3-2, temporarily halting Al Ittihad’s Saudi Pro League title celebrations. The play of Argentinian forward Cristian Guanca seemed to have put Al-Nassr two goals down early on in the match, but Talisca and Abdulrahman Ghareeb scored on either side of half time to even the score. Ronaldo then secured the victory for his team by scoring a brilliant solo goal to put Al-Nassr 3-2 up.
After the match, Ronaldo spoke highly of his team’s performance, noting he was particularly impressed with their ability to come back and win after initially falling behind. In addition, Ronaldo also lauded the Saudi league, stating that he believes the league is improving and will continue to do so in the future.
According to Ronaldo, it’s not easy to make a comeback after two clean goals, but Al-Nassr’s ability to do so was a testament to the team’s resilience and talent. Ronaldo went on to say that he believes the Saudi league is getting better and will continue to progress in the coming years. He acknowledged, however, that it will take time, players, and infrastructure for the league to be a top-five contender.
It is notable that Ronaldo signed a $220.16 million contract with Al-Nassr, one of several stints he’s had with some of the world’s top leagues, including Real Madrid in Spain’s La Liga, Manchester United in the English Premier League, and Juventus in Italy’s Serie A.
Overall, Ronaldo’s remarks are a promising reflection of the Saudi league’s progress as well as its potential to compete among the world’s best. With renewed energy and continued efforts, it seems the Saudi Pro League is on track to become a major player in the international soccer arena.