Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed that the ‘Saudi Pro League is better than MLS’ just one day after American Inter Miami presented Lionel Messi.
The Argentine received his new club shirt on Sunday during the opening ceremony, after it was announced earlier this summer that he would join the Florida-based side in a £45m-per-year deal.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo was one of the first big names to move to Saudi Arabia, joining Al-Nassr following his departure from Manchester United last season in a £175m-per-year deal.
Many other players have now followed him to the Middle Eastern country, including names like Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante and even Steven Gerrard.
While Ronaldo recently confirmed that he would stay in Saudi Arabia next season, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has also been linked with a return to Europe and his old team Real Madrid.
Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed that the ‘Saudi Pro League is better than MLS’ just one day after Inter Miami introduced Lionel Messi
The former Manchester Untied striker also stated that ‘European football had lost a lot of quality’
Lionel Messi (front left) was introduced by Inter Miami at a ceremony in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Sunday night, with co-owner David Beckham (right) seen on stage next to him.
But following a friendly 5-0 pre-season loss to Celta Vigo on Monday, Ronaldo issued a frank and honest assessment of his future, stating that he will not be moving to the US. the influx of players heading to the Middle East.
‘The Saudi league is better than MLS,’ he said, according to Fabrizio Romano.
I am one hundred percent sure that I will not return to any European club. I led the way to the Saudi league and now all the players come here.
“I will not return to European football, the door is completely closed,” he added.
‘I am 38 years old, European football has also lost a lot of quality. The only league that for me has a lot of quality and is at a higher level than all the others is the Premier League.
‘The Spanish league does not have that great quality. The Portuguese league is a good league, but it is not a top, top league. I think the German league has also lost a lot. I am sure that I will not play in Europe again. I want to play in Saudi Arabia.’
His Al-Nassr team were narrowly beaten for the Saudi Pro League title last season by league rivals Al-Ittihad, but they were banned from signing new players by FIFA last week, after they failed to pay £390,000 in Add-ons for the former Leicester. player Ahmed Musa.
Despite that, the club signed Marcelo Brozovic before the ban was implemented in early July and has also been heavily linked with a move for Hakim Ziyech.
“In a year, more and more top players will come to Saudi Arabia,” the Portuguese superstar continued. ‘In one year, the Saudi league will overtake the Turkish league and the Dutch league.
“The players who arrived are not as the president of the European Union said. Jota and Neves are young players.’
Messi (centre) left Paris Saint-Germain earlier this summer and will now join MLS in a deal that will keep him at the club until 2025.
Karim Benzema (pictured) is one of several big names who will follow Ronaldo to the Saudi Pro League this
And despite much speculation about his future, it seems that Ronaldo has confirmed that he will stay at Al-Nassr for the foreseeable future.
Son Heung-min revealed this week that he had turned down an offer to join a Saudi Pro League team.
While Man City also rejected an £18m offer from Al-Ahli for Riyad Mahrez on Monday.
Asked if he would move to MLS, Ronaldo added: “I think the Saudi league is much better than the United States.” My team is Al-Nassr.
‘100 percent. It’s a fact,” Ronaldo said. ‘It was going to take a year, but it was six months. I was wrong for six months.
But I knew this was going to happen because in the Italian league, when I went there, I was also dead and then rejuvenated.
‘Where Cristiano goes, he generates more interest and I knew it would be like that. I’m sure that next season more stars will go there. [to Saudi Arabia].’