When Cristiano Ronaldo first announced his move to Saudi Arabia, the world was stunned. Now, more stars are following suit and heading to the Middle East.
Karim Benzema and N’Golo Kante have recently signed with Saudi Arabian teams. Lionel Messi was also strongly linked to Saudi Arabia, although the deal never materialized.
Backed by oil money, Saudi Arabia lures 안전놀이터 players with astronomical salaries. Luka Modric, Sergio Ramos, Sergio Butzketz, Roberto Firmino, Hugo Llorez, and a host of other big-name players are in talks.
Speaking to ‘LiveScore’ on Thursday, Ronaldo offered some advice to the European stars who will be playing in Saudi Arabia next season. “The biggest difference between Europe and Saudi Arabia is the heat. Here, we train in the late afternoon when it’s cooler. It took me a while to get used to this schedule,” he says, “but now I’m completely used to it. Playing in three different leagues in Europe has helped.”
In Saudi Arabia, midday temperatures can reach upwards of 40 degrees Celsius, so unlike in Europe, training often takes place in the evening.
Ronaldo, who joined Al Nasr in December last year, earns £173 million (about $280.3 billion) a year in salary alone. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s move to the Saudi Arabian league was a shock in itself.
Despite his declining form as he aged, he was flying in the Saudi league. He scored 14 goals in 16 league games.
There was talk of a return to Europe at the end of the season, but Ronaldo decided to stay. He will play for Al Nasr next season.
“The arrival of European big stars in the Saudi Arabian league is just the beginning,” Ronaldo said. The league will continue to develop. Sooner or later, a lot of players from European leagues will play here. I’m not surprised. A lot of fans are happy to watch Saudi soccer,” he said of the country’s soccer potential.