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Cristiano Ronaldo says Saudi Arabian league is better than MLS, rules out return to Europe

Jul 18, 2023

Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be coming to Major League Soccer anytime soon.

Ronaldo was asked about Lionel Messi’s move to MLS after Al-Nassr’s 5-0 loss to La Liga’s Celta Vigo on Monday in Portugal. Ronaldo quickly shut down that idea and even ruled out a return to Europe.

“The Saudi league is better than MLS,” Ronaldo said, via ESPN.

“I opened the way to the Saudi league, and now all the players are coming here,” he added.

Ronaldo signed a reported nine-figure deal to join the Saudi Pro League club in December, a move that was long expected after his tumultuous exit with Manchester United. Ronaldo is reportedly making more than $200 million per season playing in Saudi Arabia.

The soccer icon is by far the biggest player to join a Saudi Pro League club. Several other notable names have since followed suit, including Karim Benzema, Marcelo Brozovic, N’Golo Kante and Roberto Firmino. Soccer is the latest example of Saudi Arabia's heavy investment in sports, following attempts in golf, Formula 1 and more. Critics have derided the effort as "sportswashing."

Source: Yahoo Sports

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