“I Would Rather Return to Czech League”- Cristiano Ronaldo’s Saudi Dream Gets a Major Setback From Premier League Star

Published 01/27/2024, 7:28 AM EST

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Cristiano Ronaldo has recently stirred the pot in the soccer world by opining that the Saudi League is better than Ligue 1. The statement from the Al Nassr star has come amid rumors of several more European stars showing interest in the Saudi League. However, a Premier League player has proclaimed that he has no interest in the cash-rich league and would rather return to the Czech League.

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Amid the controversies, the Saudi League will make moves in the January transfer window for European stars. Let’s take a look at why the Premier League star made such a statement.

Premier League star has no interest in joining the Saudi League amid the appeal from Cristiano Ronaldo

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In the last several seasons, after the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, the option of going to the Saudi League has opened. The European stars who have joined the cash-rich league are earning obscene amounts of wages. However, as far as West Ham United star Thomas Soucek is concerned, he is not interested in taking that path. In an interview with Sports CZ, he said, “Last summer I got an important proposal from Saudi but I rejected it. I would rather return to the Czech league! Saudi Arabia, China, or the USA is not for me. I am enjoying my time here at West Ham”.

The Hammers midfielder this season has started 20 out of the 21 games and has looked brilliant. Despite, playing the role more as a defensive midfielder, his height has helped him score goals this season in the Premier League. Hence, the interest of the Saudi clubs is not a surprise. But, considering his comments. it looks like the 28-year-old midfielder will partner up with Kalvin Philips for the rest of the season.

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Interested Saudi clubs will also likely move on to other transfer targets as the January window remains open. As far as Cristiano Ronaldo is concerned, he continues to have high hopes for the cash-rich league.

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The Al Nassr star is determined to play his part to make the league successful

When the five-time Ballon d’Or winner made the move to the Knights of Najd, several fans and experts criticized. However, with his goals from the first game, he shut down the criticism. Other than his goals, he has been quite vocal about his support for the Saudi League. In the recent Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai, he praised the league.

The 38-year-old also pointed out that the future and the world is changing. Hence, he feels that growing the sport of soccer in a country like Saudi Arabia is part of that change.

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It will be interesting whether the Saudi League can attract top stars in the long term. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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I can't express how deep my passion for the sport runs, especially when it comes to the English Premier League. Over the years, I've dedicated myself to understanding the intricate details of the game, both on and off the field. What's fascinating is that my beloved club is Newcastle United, and I've been on a rollercoaster journey with them, from their triumphant promotion from the second tier to the recent takeover and even their remarkable qualification for the Champions League last season.
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