Portuguese football legend Cristiano Ronaldo believes that the Saudi Arabian Pro League he joined this season could eventually become one of the top five leagues in the world.
Portuguese captain Joined Al-Nassr in January with a contract estimated to be worth more than 200 million euros ($220.16 million), according to some media reports.
Ronaldo played in the top three leagues of the world with Real Madrid in Spain’s La Liga, Manchester United in the English Premier League and Juventus in Italy’s Serie A.
The 38-year-old actor said that the quality of Saudi competition has improved even in the short time he’s been in.
“We are much better and the Saudi league is getting better and will be even better next year,” he told the Saudi SSC channel on Tuesday.
“I think step by step this league will be among the top 5 leagues in the world, but they need time, players and infrastructure.
“But I believe this country has incredible potential, it has great people, and I think the league will be great.”
The Saudis are not without ambition, and a source told Reuters earlier this month that Riyadh club Al-Hilal made a formal offer to secure their services. Lionel Messi Ronaldo’s rival for the title of best player of his generation.
Ronaldo scored a stunning win on Tuesday as Al-Nassr struggled to beat visiting Al-Shabab 3-2 and suspend Al-Ittihad’s Saudi Pro League championship celebrations.
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