Cristiano Ronaldo is back in Europe as the national team is on break and Portugal faces its first games of the European Championship qualifiers. He spoke to the media to assess the quality and potential of the Saudi Arabian league in which he is currently playing.
Portugal will start their journey to qualify for the European Championship, which will be held in Germany next year, on Thursday evening. Cristiano Ronaldo will not be absent, and among others, he attended the pre-match press conference.
It is expected that the Portuguese captain could shine in the qualifiers and right from the start. Portugal will face Liechtenstein and Luxembourg during the national break.
Slovakia, Iceland and Bosnia and Herzegovina are also in the group. Portugal’s progress is therefore more or less certain.
Of course, it was not only national team matters that were discussed with Ronaldo at the press conference. The Real Madrid legend also faced a question about the quality of the Saudi Arabian league, where he has been since the beginning of the year.
“The Saudi league is very balanced. Of course, it’s not the Premier League, I’m not going to lie, but I was very positively surprised by the whole competition,” the player of Al-Nassr, the team fighting for the first place, let himself be heard.
Ronaldo, however, believes it is a league with huge potential: ” In the next five, six or seven years, if they continue with their plan, it will be the fourth or fifth best league in the world.”
The Portuguese idol has so far racked up 9 goals and 2 assists in an Al-Nassr jersey. He has even registered two hat-tricks in eight league games.
Source: Fabrizio Romano, Transfermarkt
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