Cristiano Ronaldo claims Saudi league ‘better’ than MLS, rules out return to Europe

Cristiano Ronaldo is not coming to Major League Soccer anytime soon.

Ronaldo was asked about the follow-up to Lionel Messi’s move to MLS a day after Al-Nassr’s 5-0 loss to La Liga side Celta Vigo on Monday night in Portugal. Ronaldo quickly put an end to this idea and even ruled out a return to Europe.

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

“I paved the way for the Saudi league and now all the players come here,” he added.

to join the Saudi club in December – a move long overdue after his move. Ronaldo would earn over $200 million per season playing in Saudi Arabia.

Cristiano Ronaldo won't follow Lionel Messi's move to the US anytime soon

Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be following Lionel Messi’s transfer to the United States anytime soon. (Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The soccer icon is by far the greatest 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. , following attempts at golf, Formula 1 and more.

At 38, Ronaldo’s career is undoubtedly coming to an end. He only played half of Monday’s friendly loss to Portugal, the first of two the team will play this week. The way it sounded on Monday, however, gives the impression that Ronaldo is more than happy to end his playing days in Saudi Arabia. His long history in three of Europe’s top leagues – the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A – is behind him and he doesn’t want to return.

“I am 100% sure that I will not return to any European club,” Ronaldo said. ” I am 38 years old. And European football has lost a lot in quality. The only valid one that always does good is the Premier League. They are far ahead of all other leagues.

Ronaldo’s take follows Lionel Messi’s official MLS debut with Inter Miami. Messi, arguably the greatest footballer of all time. His arrival in the league marked a new era for the league, which has now landed its biggest star by far – even though he is 36 and also nearing the end of his career. Inter Miami currently hold just a 5-3-14 record, the worst in MLS. Messi is set to make his debut for the club on Friday against Mexican side Cruz Azul.

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