Portuguese football legend Cristiano Ronaldo has voiced his optimism about the Saudi Pro League’s potential to establish itself among the world’s elite football competitions.
Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, expressed his admiration for Saudi Arabia and its passionate football fans, who he believes can contribute to the league’s growth.
In an interview with the Saudi Pro League (SPL), Ronaldo welcomed the prospect of top players like Lionel Messi, Karim Benzema, and Luka Modric joining him in Saudi Arabia, stating that their arrival would enhance the league’s quality.
Ronaldo emphasized the competitiveness of the Saudi Pro League and praised the talent of Arab players and the quality of the teams. However, he noted that improvements are necessary to propel the league further.
Infrastructure development, including facilities and the implementation of a more efficient VAR system, were highlighted as areas that require attention. Ronaldo suggested that enhancing these aspects would contribute to the league’s overall improvement.
Despite Al-Nassr’s failure to secure titles in the recently concluded season, Ronaldo confirmed his commitment to the Saudi Professional League. Having completed his first season with Al-Nassr, Ronaldo remains contracted until 2025 and affirmed that he will continue playing for the club in the upcoming season.
His move to the Saudi league earlier this year created significant headlines, representing the largest transfer in the history of sports.
Reflecting on his first season in Saudi Arabia, Ronaldo shared his initial expectations of winning trophies. However, he acknowledged that circumstances do not always align with expectations.
Ronaldo expressed confidence in his team’s growth and development over the past months, asserting that improvements can be expected in the future. He urged fans to believe in the team and remain optimistic about the upcoming season.
Ronaldo also discussed the challenges he faced in the Saudi league, such as training schedules that differed from those in Europe and adapting to a different culture. He highlighted the importance of his discipline and hard work throughout his career, emphasizing the influence he had on his teammates’ fitness and professional mindset.
Praising life in Saudi Arabia, Ronaldo commended the vibrant nightlife and the beauty of Riyadh during the evening. He expressed his satisfaction with the quality of schools for his children and the country’s efforts in building a prosperous future. Ronaldo further expressed his desire to explore the country, mentioning his interest in visiting Al-Ula, known for its breathtaking scenery.
Closing his remarks, Ronaldo extended his gratitude to his fans for their unwavering support both on and off the pitch. He assured them of his dedication to the Saudi league and his commitment to delivering outstanding performances and achieving success.