Cristiano Ronaldo Boldly Claims Saudi’s Pro League Could Become the “Most Competitive” in the World

Cristiano Ronaldo Boldly Claims Saudi’s Pro League Could Become the “Most Competitive” in the World

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  • Al-Nassr superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has made a lofty claim about the Saudi Pro League
  • Contrary to claims, he has been left surprised by the competitiveness of the Saudi top flight
  • After struggling in his opening few games, the 38-year-old has racked up nine goals in 10 matches

Cristiano Ronaldo admits the Saudi Pro League is not at the level of the English Premier League but has the prospect of becoming one of the best in the next few years.

The 38-year-old swapped the Premier League for unchartered waters in the gulf region after his contract with Manchester United was terminated on the back of his infamous interview with Piers Morgan.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Saudi League, competitive
Cristiano Ronaldo believes the Saudi League could soon become the fourth most competitive in the world. Photo credit: @AlNassrFC_EN
Source: Twitter

Since putting pen to paper on a £175 million-a-year contract with Al-Nassr, Ronaldo appears to have rediscovered his mojo.

Per Fan Nation, Ronaldo has bagged nine goals in 10 matches for the Riyadh-based outfit, including two hattricks and scooping the February Player of the month in the Saudi top flight.

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While many have raised eyebrows about the league's quality, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner thinks the Saudi Pro League could be one of the top five in the world in terms of competitiveness.

"I'm in a very competitive league. They should look at the Saudi championship differently," Ronaldo told reporters as quoted by GOAL.
He added: "Obviously, it's not like the Premier League. I'd be lying if I said it was, but it's competitive. I'm surprised by the strength. It has good teams.
"It is balanced; the Arab players are good, and the foreigners give quality. Possibly it will be, in five to six years' time, if they continue this plan, the fourth or fifth most competitive league in the world."

He is currently away on international duty and will be hoping to become the most-capped player in history when Portugal faces Liechtenstein in the Euro 2024 qualifiers.

Ronaldo breaks silence on United exit

Sports Brief also reported that Cristiano Ronaldo insists he is a better man after coming through a "bad phase" of his career during his second spell at Manchester United.

The arrival of Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford in the summer saw the Portugal veteran's game time restricted, and his unhappiness at Old Trafford grew.

Ronaldo said via O Jogo: “Sometimes, you have to go through some things to see who is on my side,” he admitted during a press conference."