Ronaldo, who now plays in the cash-rich Saudi Arabian league, took a jab at Messi, calling the competition in Saudi Arabia more competitive than in Major League Soccer (MLS). His statement came a day after Messi officially signed with MLS club Inter Miami.
Ronaldo, speaking to Lisbon sports newspaper A Bola, reportedly also closed all doors on his return to Europe, a continent where his career has been very successful in the past.
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Returning to Europe is closed for me, I’m 38 and a half years old now and… it’s not worth it.
Europe has lost a lot of quality. The only one that is one of the best is the Premier League, the Spanish league has lost its level, the Portuguese league is not top, the German league has lost a lot of quality too. USA? No, Saudi Arabia’s championship is much better than the US, he said.
The Portuguese striker plays for Saudi Arabian team Al Nassr, which he joined earlier this year, and there has been a large influx of other European talent in the recent transfer window.
Since Ronaldo’s arrival, his former Real Madrid teammates Karim Benzema and N’Golo Kante, Brazilian Roberto Firmino, Senegalese Eduard Mendy, Serbian Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Croatian Marcelo Brozovic have all moved to the Saudi league.
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard also moved to the
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