Cristiano Ronaldo says he won’t play in Europe again and appeared to pledge his future to the Saudi Pro League.
He also said the Saudi Pro League is better than the MLS, a day after Lionel Messi was officially unveiled as an Inter Miami player.
Cristiano Ronaldo says he ‘opened the door’ for the number of big name players set to play there next season.
Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante and Ruben Neves have joined Cristiano Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, the likes of Steven Gerrard and Nuno Espirto Santo have gone there to manage.
‘I’m 100 per cent sure I won’t return to any European club. I opened the way to the Saudi league and now all the players are coming here.
‘I won’t return to European football, the door is completely closed,’ Ronaldo said.
‘I’m 38-years-old, also European football has lost 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. The German league I think has also lost a lot. I’m sure I won’t play in Europe again. I want to play in Saudi Arabia.’
‘In one year, more and more top players will come to Saudi,’ he said.
‘In a year the Saudi league will overtake the Turkish league and Dutch league.
‘Players who arrived aren’t like what the president of the European Union said. Jota and Neves are young players.’
‘I think the Saudi league is much better than the United States. My team is Al-Nassr.’
‘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, it was also dead and then rejuvenated.
‘Where Cristiano goes, it generates greater interest and I knew it was going to be like that. I’m sure that next season more stars will go there [to Saudi Arabia].’