The Por­tuguese crit­i­cized the US cham­pi­onship, to which Lionel Mes­si recent­ly moved.

Al-Nasr for­ward Cris­tiano Ronal­do said he is not con­sid­er­ing a return to the Euro­pean cham­pi­onships. And he not­ed that the qual­i­ty of foot­ball there has great­ly decreased.

Why did Ronaldo criticize football in Europe?

Cris­tiano is 38 years old and admit­ted that he will not return to the Euro­pean cham­pi­onships. The rea­son is not only age, but also the low qual­i­ty of foot­ball:

“I will not return to Euro­pean foot­ball, the door is com­plete­ly closed. Euro­pean foot­ball has lost a lot in qual­i­ty… Only the Pre­mier League is real­ly strong, it is far ahead of all oth­er leagues.”

What does Ronaldo think about other championships?

Ronal­do has been play­ing for Sau­di Ara­bi­an club Al-Nasr since Jan­u­ary 2023. The player’s con­tract with the club runs until June 30, 2025. He is con­fi­dent that this is a good cham­pi­onship, much stronger than the Amer­i­can one, where his long­time rival Lionel Mes­si recent­ly moved:

“Mov­ing to MLS? No, the Sau­di Ara­bi­an league is bet­ter than MLS. I opened the way to the Sau­di Ara­bi­an cham­pi­onship in Jan­u­ary last year, and now all the play­ers are com­ing here.

When I joined Juven­tus, Serie A was dead, and then when I joined it came back to life. Wher­ev­er Cris­tiano is, he attracts more inter­est.”

Ronal­do believes he was unfair­ly crit­i­cized for his move to Al-Nasr. He believes that peo­ple come to the league not only to fin­ish the game, young stars also appear here:

“I was crit­i­cized for mov­ing to the Sau­di Ara­bi­an Cham­pi­onship, but what hap­pens now? I opened the path and now all play­ers go here. There will be more and more top foot­ballers here through­out the year.

In a year, the Sau­di league will over­take the league of Turkey and the Nether­lands. The play­ers who came here are not what the Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Union said. Jota and Ruben Neves are young play­ers.”