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Cristiano Ronaldo and Saudi Royals Meet With FIFA President Gianni Infantino at New World Sports Conference, Amid 2034 World Cup Plans

Published 10/23/2023, 8:51 AM EDT

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Cristiano Ronaldo is having a great time in Saudi Arabia. He has put the Saudi League on the soccer map. It looks like Saudi Arabia is also not wasting time in impressing soccer fans and federations. The country hoping to host the 2034 World Cup met FIFA president Gianni Infantino. Cristiano Ronaldo and Saudi Royals were also present at the New World Sports Conference.

Saudi Arabia may have lost the bid to host the 2030 Fifa World Cup. However, they are doing everything in their power to lead the race for the 2034 World Cup. They have also improved the Saudi Pro League with top foreign players.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Saudi royals meet with the FIFA president at conference

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Saudi Arabia is going to make big investments in the world of sports. They are also ready to invest in gaming. It is because 67 percent of its population are gamers. Saudis are aware that they are sitting on a potentially big goldmine. Hence, they are doing their best to use the goldmine. They hosted the New World Sports conference in Saudi Arabia to discuss the present and the future of gaming. The conference also included big soccer celebrities.

Al Nassr star Cristiano Ronaldo, and Fifa President Gianni Infantino were also present in the press conference along with Saudi royals. This clearly shows that the country is ready to spend big money on the gaming industry. Saudi Arabia is also hoping to host big tournaments in the coming years to prove itself in the gaming industry. However, the presence of FIFA president Gianni Infantino means that the Middle Eastern country is also trying to win rights for the FIFA World Cup.

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Saudi Arabia has done very well in soccer in recent years. They also grabbed the attention of the entire world after defeating eventual World Cup winners Argentina in Qatar in the opening round. Meanwhile, their league is also doing well. And now, they want to use this momentum to host the biggest soccer tournament in 2034.

Saudi Arabia doing their best to win the rights for the FIFA World Cup 2034

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It is not just the e-sports tournaments Saudi Arabia is trying to host. The Middle Eastern country is now looking to win the rights for the FIFA World Cup 2034. Saudi Arabia also made a bid for the 2030 edition. However, that honor went to Portugal, Spain and Morocco who will be joint hosts. Rumors are floating that they are leading the race ahead of Australia, who are also in the race to host the biggest soccer tournament.

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s presence might be only for the conference. However, Gianni Infantino and Saudi royals at the conference must have had conversations on their bid to host the World Cup. Several federations have already given their support to Saudi Arabia from their side to host the FIFA World Cup. Saudi Arabia also has the financiers and other resources to host the tournament. Further, they have improved their soccer training facilities and academies to encourage soccer in the country.

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The Saudi league is already reaching new heights with the help of Cristiano Ronaldo and other top foreign players. This has also increased the young generation of audiences watching the league in their country other than only European leagues. So the big question is: Is Saudi Arabia ready to host the 2034 FIFA World Cup? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Anuj Nikhil Virjiani

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Anuj Virjiani is a soccer writer at Essentially Sports. With a fervent passion for the sport, especially the English Premier League, Anuj has meticulously cultivated his expertise in dissecting the game's technical intricacies and strategic nuances, both on and off the field. Anuj's cherished club is, interestingly, Newcastle United, and he has closely followed and analyzed the club's journey through its highs and lows, and enjoyed witnessing their triumphant promotion from the second tier, their recent takeover, and the remarkable qualification for the Champions League last season.
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Rohan Karnad