Cristiano Ronaldo “surprised” by the competitive level of the Saudi Pro League

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Football icon Cristiano Ronaldo has stated that he has been amazed by the extent of competitiveness in the Saudi Pro League since signing for Al Nassr in December. 

Ronaldo joined the Saudi Arabian club after his controversial exit from Manchester United back in November. 

After his explosive uncensored interview with Piers Morgan where the footballer presumably to some individuals made scathing remarks against the club. 

Al Nassr signed the Portuguese in a staggering contract of £175-million-a-year and he has netted 9 goals in 10 league games for the team. 

Ronaldo has also bagged two hat-tricks for the Saudi Arabian club. Although many have queried the quality of the league, the former Real Madrid man is of the opinion that the Saudi Pro League could one day be one of the top five in the world as regards to competitiveness. 

Al Nassr forward, Cristiano Ronaldo
Al Nassr forward, Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo, who moved to Al-Nassr on a two-and-a-half-year contract said on Wednesday: “I think you should look at the Saudi Pro League in a different way, I’m not going to say that the league is a Premier League, that would be a lie. 

“But it’s a very competitive league that I’m positively surprised by, a very balanced league and good teams.”

“I am sure that in the coming years the league will be … the fourth, fifth or sixth most competitive league in the world”.

The Portuguese is amongst the players in the squad of Portugal for their Euro 2024 qualifiers against Liechtenstein on Thursday and Luxembourg on Sunday.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the most capped player in international football

The 38-year-old made his 197th appearance for the Os Navegadores on Thursday breaking the record for the most caps in international football. 

Cristiano Ronaldo surpassed Kuwait’s Badder Al-Mutawa as the most capped player in the history of the men’s game.

He also extended his international goal tally to 120 goals in 197 appearances for the national team of Portugal. Remember, Cristiano Ronaldo is the all-time top scorer in International football. 

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating one of his goals against Liechtenstein
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating one of his goals against Liechtenstein

The Portuguese scored his first goal on the night against Liechtenstein via a Penalty kick in the 51st minute before banging home another goal through a free-kick in the 63rd minute. 

He was afterwards substituted in the 78th minute for Goncalo Ramos who scored an hat-trick for Portugal during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. 

Ronaldo won the Saudi Arabia Player Of The Month award for the month of February after several impressive performances on the field of play. 

The former Juventus attacker was benched by the previous coach of Portugal Fernando Santos for the last two matches at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. 

Nevertheless, Roberto Martinez’s Portugal are in the same qualifying group as Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iceland, Luxembourg, Slovakia and Liechtenstein. 

They sit at the summit of the group with three points with just a game played so far and they have a +4 goal difference after the 4-0 demolition of Liechtenstein. 

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