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“Saudi League better than French league” – Cristiano Ronaldo sparks debate with bold claim

Cristiano Ronaldo at the Globe Soccer Awards

Al-Nassr captain Cristiano Ronaldo, has made a bold claim about the Saudi Pro League, which has sparked a fiery debate among soccer fans.

The Portuguese superstar is the subject of news headlines round the world, after clinching multiple awards at the Globe Soccer Awards which was held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Friday January 19, 2024.

What happened?

Ronaldo was recognized once again at the Globe Soccer Awards, picking up three individual honors at the star-studded event. He won the Best Middle East Player prize, the Maradona Award for the best goalscorer in 2023, and the Fans’ Favourite Player of the Year award.

Cristiano Ronaldo


Meanwhile, Man City striker Erling Haaland, Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham, and Women soccer star Aitana Bonmati all picked up awards too. Bellingham won the Powerhouse Emerging Player award, Bonmati won the Best Women’s Player award, and Haaland was awarded the Best Men’s Player award.

What did Ronaldo say?

Cristiano Ronaldo was speaking on the podium at the Globe Soccer Awards when he said the Saudi Pro League is now better than the French Ligue 1 — which is considered among the top 5 football leagues in the world.

The 5-time Ballon d’Or winner stated:

“Saudi League is not worst than Ligue1. Saudi Pro League is more competitive than Ligue1, I can say that after one year spent there. We are better than French league already now.”

His comments has since sparked a hot debate on social media, as soccer fans have picked sides over the statement. Some fans say Ronaldo is just throwing a shade at arch-rival Lionel Messi, while others argue that he’s saying the truth and that the French league is truly a “farmer league”.

The Bigger Picture

Ronaldo has been in hot form since moving to Saudi Arabia with Al-Nassr. He has since played 44 times for the club, going on to score 38 goals and providing 13 assists. He also celebrated finishing the year 2023 as the world’s top goalscorer for both club and country at age 38, with a staggering 54 strikes.

Peter Okereke

Peter Okereke is a hardcore soccer fan and grew his passion for the beautiful game since watching Didier Drogba score the winning goal at Wembley in the 2007 FA Cup final for Chelsea against Manchester United.
He is the founder of The Soccer Report and has 4+ years of industry experience, having been writing about football since August 2019.

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