With Cristiano Ronaldo’s big move to Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr football club, football fans across the world have been questioning what this would mean to the football scene in Saudi Arabia. Undoubtedly the 6-time Ballon d’Or winner will have a big influence on the Saudi league for many reasons. The reality is that Saudi Arabia’s football scene is gradually evolving and this is seen as players in the league are moving from Europe and to the Kingdom.
A Wave Of Top International Players
The Spanish defender, Sergio Ramos for example is another big target of Al Nassr football club to sign and let him rejoin Ronaldo as they previously played together at Real Madrid. The Spanish Magazine, MARCA has revealed that the proposal to Ramos will include an enticing financial offer that cannot be turned down. The plan is to secure this signing in the summer of 2023 as Ramos is seen as a strategic player.
Additionally, Arab publications have reported within the last couple of days the likelihood that Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal could potentially reach a deal with Lionel Messi to join its team in the near future. Messi undoubtedly is one of the best football players of his generation and is frequently considered the world’s best; all the reports are from the Italian newspaper “CalcioMercato.”
Former Napoli & Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina also joined Al Nassr football club back in July 2022 after an incredible career in Europe and with the Colombian national team. The 34-year-old was also joined by Brazil’s Luiz Gustavo in July. Both players had superb careers with their clubs and national teams and Saudi Arabia seems to be the perfect spot for them currently.
Premier League Presence
In Oct. 2021, the Public Investment Fund (PIF) acquired Premier League club Newcastle United. But why buy this club? If you think about it, Saudi Arabia is now trying to shift its economic dependency away from petrol, oil, and gas. It’s an effort from the nation to diversify its economy and investing in sports is one way to do it. Therefore, the country has embarked on a massive program of spending that incorporates promoting its next generation of football stars and now owning an English Premier League club.
The signing of Ronaldo will undoubtedly serve as a catalyst for the arrival of other top international players. We must also add that Saudi clubs are currently trying to persuade players who are nearing the end of their careers and were once major figures in European football to join the league and support the development of the sport in the country. Saudi Arabia has already turned heads during the Qatar World Cup and it looks like the Kingdom is not planning on stopping.