The New Director of the Saudi Arabia Pro League, Michael Emenalo, is interested in the audacity of the Middle East in the acquisition and development of youth.
Emenalo will lead the acquisition center of excellence to provide a centralized approach to getting the attention of world-class players to move to the League.
The new director is also interested in helping with team numbers and the objectives of the game. He said, “I believe this is a role that I’ve spent the last 45 years preparing for.”
“I am intrigued by the audacity of the project and the ambition.”
“It’s not a spur-of-the-moment decision, it’s well thought out. I’m impressed by the knowledge and input that’s gone into this.”
“The Saudi Pro League offers a new opportunity first and foremost for the entire industry, and I think will create avenues for good competition and for more development of young talent.”
The Saudi Arabia Pro League claims the reason for the appointment of the former Chelsea director is to ensure a dynamic, young, yet sustainable future.
Big-name players like Karim Benzema, Ngolo Kante, Cristiano Ronaldo, Seko Fofana, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Ruben Neves are currently in the League.
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard is also the manager of Saudi Arabia’s Pro League giant, Al-Ettifaq.
Who Is Michael Emenalo
He was a professional footballer who played for Nigeria as a left-back. He is the former director of Chelsea and Monaco. Emelano was born in the City of Abia, Nigeria.
The football director was born on July 14, 1965, and he is currently 58 years old.
He has a height of 1.85m (6ft, 1in). He started his football career at Enugu Rangers in 1985. He moved to Europe in 1989 to play for Racing White Daring, where he made 47 appearances, scoring five goals.
Michael won 14 caps for Nigeria and participated in the 1994 World Cup for Nigeria, where he played against Argentina and Greece before Nigeria got knocked out.
He oversaw the transfer of Cesc Fabregas, Ngolo Kante, Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard, Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Juan Mata to Chelsea while he was the Sporting director of Chelsea, the club won the Premier League three times.
The FA Cup came to Stamford Bridge four times, Carabao Cup once, Champions League and the Europa League once. Emenalo is currently married to Erin Emenalo who was a female goalkeeper coach.
He has a big net worth of $1-$5 million, although it may increase in future due to his move to Saudi Arabia Pro League. This is the League that throws a lot of money at Players to get them to their League.
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