It is possible that the Saudi Pro League (SPL) could compete with the top leagues in Europe in the future.
The Saudi Pro League has been spending heavily in recent years to attract top players from Europe, and it has also invested in improving its infrastructure. In the 2022-23 season, they spent more money on transfers than any other league in Asia.
However, there are still some challenges that the Saudi Pro League needs to overcome in order to compete with the top leagues in Europe. One challenge is the level of competition within the league.
The League is currently dominated by a few big clubs such as Al Ittihad, Al Hilal, and Al Nassr with other teams playing second fiddle. This makes it difficult for players to develop and improve their skills.
Another challenge is the quality of the coaching. The coaches in the Saudi Pro League are not as experienced or as qualified as the coaches in the top leagues in Europe. This means that players in the SPL are not getting the best possible training.
Despite these challenges, the SPL has the potential to become a top league in the world. The Saudi government is committed to investing in football, and the league has the financial resources to attract top players and coaches. If the SPL can address the challenges it faces, it could become a major force in world football.
In terms of whether Saudi Pro League teams can play in the Champions League, it is not currently possible. UEFA, the governing body of European football, has stated that only European clubs can participate in the Champions League.
However, there is a possibility that this could change in the future. UEFA is currently considering a new format for the Champions League, and it is possible that this could include clubs from outside of Europe.
If the Saudi Pro League is able to improve its level of competition and the quality of its coaching, it could become a strong enough league to qualify for the Champions League. However, this is still a long way off, and it is not guaranteed to happen.