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Ronaldo’s Defiance: Why He Won’t Return to European Football

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Cristiano Ronaldo Declares He Won’t Return to European Football

Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese football superstar and current Al-Nassr player, has firmly asserted that he will not return to European football, causing a ripple in the football world. The Manchester United and Real Madrid legend’s statement comes amidst the notable transition of top players to the Saudi championship, a trend Ronaldo himself initiated.

Ronaldo, who moved to the Middle East after the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar, insists that he has found his footing in the Saudi Pro League, rating it much better than MLS. He reinforced this belief following Al-Nassr’s 5-0 pre-season defeat to La Liga side Celta Vigo. Ronaldo’s remarks have gained extra significance as he won’t return to European football, a decision that’s stirring debates worldwide.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner stressed, “The Saudi league is better than the USA.” Ronaldo believes that aside from the Premier League, European football has lost a significant amount of quality, stating, “Returning to Europe, for me, is a closed possibility. Europe lost a lot of quality.” Such statements clearly underline Ronaldo’s conviction that he won’t return to European football.

Ronaldo’s journey in Saudi Arabia, with Al-Nassr, has been groundbreaking, even though his first season ended without a Pro League title or domestic cup glory. He scored an impressive 14 goals in 19 appearances. His influence extends beyond his performance on the field as he states, “My decision to join Saudi clubs was 100% crucial to bring in new top players.”

With the influx of top players like Karim Benzema, Roberto Firmino, N’Golo Kante, Marcelo Brozovic, Edouard Mendy, and Kalidou Koulibaly to the Saudi Pro League, Ronaldo’s prediction that “in a year, the Saudi league will overtake the Turkish league and Dutch league” seems plausible.

In the larger scheme of things, Ronaldo’s assurance that he won’t return to European football has added more fuel to the ongoing debate over the quality of European leagues versus emerging championships. “Players who arrived aren’t like what the president of the European Union said. Jota & Ruben Neves are young players,” Ronaldo adds, emphasizing the value and potential the Saudi Pro League offers.

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Ronaldo’s decision not to return to European football signals a significant shift in the dynamics of the football world, and only time will tell if his predictions for the Saudi Pro League’s ascendancy hold true.

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