Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo: these two extraordinary players have redefined the meaning of excellence, pushing each other to new heights and setting an unparalleled standard for greatness. Although many claim that Messi’s World Cup victory in Qatar put an end to the discussion over who is the best. But the Portuguese’s most recent comment suggests otherwise.
Messi was targeted by Ronaldo, who currently competes in the lucrative Saudi league, and stated that the Saudi league’s competitiveness is superior to Major League Soccer (MLS). Ronaldo remarks came a day after Lionel Messi was officially signed by MLS club Inter Miami. According to sources, Ronaldo also said goodbye to the possibility of returning to Europe, the region where his career once thrived.
“Returning to Europe, for me, is a closed possibility, I’m already 38 1/2 years old and … it’s not worth it.
“Europe lost a lot of quality. The only one that is one of the best is the Premier League, the Spanish league lost its level, the Portuguese one is not ‘top’, the German one also lost a lot of quality. The USA? No, the Saudi championship is much better than the USA,”
The Portuguese forward represents Saudi club Al Nassr, whom he signed earlier this year.
In addition to Ronaldo’s former Real Madrid colleague Karim Benzema and Kante, Brazilian Roberto Firmino, Senegalese Edouard Mendy, Serbian Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, and Croatian Marcelo Brozovic have also attracted by the Saudi league since Ronaldo’s entrance.
Steven Gerrard, a former player for Liverpool, has also joined a team in a management role. In the upcoming months, Ronaldo predicts that more players will choose the same path.
“In one year, more and more top players will come to Saudi. In a year the Saudi league will overtake the Turkish league and Dutch league.”
Ronaldo’s comments came after Al Nassr was thrashed 5-0 in a preseason friendly against Celta Vigo of Spain’s top level in Faro, Portugal.
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