Saudi league not worse than Ligue 1 – Cristiano Ronaldo

Portuguese star, Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed that the Saudi Pro League (SPL) is not worse than France’s Ligue 1.

Speaking at the Globe Soccer Awards, the Al Nassr captain said the Saudi League is more competitive than the French League at the moment.

Ronaldo said; “The level [of the SPL] right now? To be honest, I think the Saudi league is not worse than France’s league in my opinion.

“In the French league, I think you have two-three teams with a good level. In Saudi, I think it is more competitive.

“They can say what they want. This is just my opinion. But I think right now we [SPL] are better than France’s league.”

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Ex-Manchester City star, Sergio Aguero has claimed that Lionel Messi chose to join Inter Miami over moving to Saudi Arabia because of his family’s convenience.

Messi moved to Inter Miami in July 2023 after rejecting a world-record contract from Saudi Arabian club, Al Hilal.

Aguero told Stake; “I think that at the end of this stage, with the age that Leo [Lionel Messi] and Cristiano are, and many players aged 32 and 33, maybe they are tired of so much demand to be at a high level.

“I think that Leo opted for him and his family to be well and to be able to play as relaxed as possible; and in the other case if he had been playing in Europe, obviously that the requirement is different and so he can’t play his last years the way he wanted, which is to enjoy, right?

“And obviously, I think that between Miami and Arabia, I think he chose Miami for convenience. Miami is a nice place, there are lots of Latinos, and I think he also saw it from the family side, which I think they can fit quite well in Miami, and in Arabia it can be more complicated, right? I think he saw nothing more than that”.