Cristiano Ronaldo’s entry in the Saudi Arabia Pro League has recently made news throughout the world. Ronaldo is a five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or.
Ronaldo said he turned down several other offers from Europe and North America before being formally introduced by Al Nassr as the superstar new signing for the Saudi Arabian club on Tuesday.
According to rumors, the former forward for Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus inked a two-and-a-half-year deal to play in the Saudi Pro League and would earn $75 million annually, making him the highest-paid player in history.
“I’m thrilled to have made this significant life decision. My work is finished in Europe. I played for the most prestigious clubs in Europe and won everything. At a press conference following his introduction, Ronaldo remarked, “This is a new challenge.
“I don’t give a damn what others think. I came here to keep winning and scoring goals. Arabian football has seen significant development during the past 15 years. Now, it’s much better.
Saudi Arabia defeated world champion Argentina, demonstrating their progress.
For the first time in his illustrious career, the 37-year-old, who has already won five UEFA Champions League championships, will compete outside of Europe.
The Saudi Pro League has gradually developed into the next test for players who have proven their mettle in the top European leagues following the arrival in recent seasons of marquee signings like Nigerian strikers Odion Ighalo and Anthony Nwakaeme, Malian Moussa Marega, Ahmed Hegazi, Vincent Aboubakar, Luis Gustavo, David Ospina, Ever Banega, and Grzegorz Krychowiak.
Portuguese Ronaldo’s entrance confirms Saudi Arabia’s ability to entice the finest players to help grow their league.
What precisely is Ronaldo bringing to Al Nassr and the entire league, given that he is the most experienced footballer the Saudis would ever import to their top-flight league?
The signing of Ronaldo, according to Al Nassr coach Rudi Garcia, was a big milestone for the Saudi Arabian league.
Because there is nothing I can teach him, exceptional players like Cristiano are the easiest to handle, Garcia told reporters.
“Like he stated, our only goal is to win. Simply said, I want him to enjoy himself while playing and winning with Al Nassr.
David Ospina, a former goalkeeper at Arsenal, Vincent Aboubakar, a forward from Cameroon, and Talisca, a Brazilian striker who has nine goals this season, are among his new teammates.
With eight goals in 12 games, former Manchester United attacker Odion Ighalo is in second position. But for Ronaldo, whose career to now has been based in the legendary football towns of Lisbon, Manchester, Madrid, and Turin, life in Saudi Arabia will be a completely different experience.
One of the league’s attractions this year will undoubtedly be how the Portuguese attacker competes with Ighalo of Talisca and Al Hilal for the top goalscorer honor.
Ighalo, a former forward for the Super Eagles, went to Saudi Arabia to play for Al Shabab FC in the 2020–21 season. In 17 appearances across all competitions, Ighalo recorded nine goals and three assists.
The next year, he transferred to Al Hilal, where he had a standout season, tallying 30 goals across all competitions in 44 games while dishing out four assists. The 33-year-excellent old’s play helped Al Hilal win the Saudi Arabia Pro League last season, and his 24 league goals earned him the Golden Boot trophy.
Ronaldo may unseat Ighalo as the best striker in the world, according to football analyst Mozez Praiz, and win the Golden Boot Award in his first season in the East.
Whoever wants it the most will have the best chance of winning. It’s a fresh entry for him, and Ronaldo is a better scorer than Ighalo,” Praiz said to PUNCH Sports Extra.
Ronaldo may wind up being the player with the most goals scored since the majority of his teammates will want to work for him.