Cristiano Ronaldo concedes he didn’t anticipate to complete the season empty-handed at Al Nassr however the Portuguese ahead says he’s joyful in Saudi Arabia and hopes different big-name gamers will comply with him to the league for the subsequent marketing campaign.
Ronaldo signed a two-and-a-half 12 months contract estimated by media to be value greater than 200 million euros ($220.16 million) with Al Nassr, making his debut in January.
He scored 14 targets in 16 video games however it was not sufficient to assist his facet win the Saudi Professional League (SPL) title, with Al Nassr ending second behind Al Ittihad.
The 38-year-old, who missed the ultimate matchday on account of harm, stated the league was very aggressive however that there have been many alternatives to develop.
“We’ve excellent groups, excellent Arab gamers, however the infrastructure – they should enhance a bit bit extra. Even the referees, the VAR system, must be a bit faster,” he stated in an SPL interview.
“However I’m joyful right here, I wish to proceed right here, I’ll proceed right here.”
Ronaldo stated he had tailored to life on the membership, although there have been many variations from his time at Europe the place he performed for elite groups corresponding to Manchester United, Juventus and Actual Madrid.
“In Europe we practice extra within the morning and right here we practice within the afternoon, or evening. Whenever you begin Ramadan, we practice at 10 o’clock within the evening. It was so unusual,” he added.
Since Ronaldo’s arrival, a number of different prime gamers have been linked with a transfer to the Saudi league, with Lionel Messi receiving a proper provide to affix Al-Hilal subsequent season.
Ronaldo’s former group mate and Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema has reportedly obtained a proposal value greater than 100 million euros from Al Ittihad.
“If they’re coming, huge gamers and large names, younger gamers, ‘outdated gamers’, they’re very welcome,” stated Ronaldo.
“If that occurs, the league will enhance a bit bit. Age isn’t vital.”
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