“That’s Why I Am Joining”- Days After Cristiano Ronaldo’s Huge MLS Claim, Neymar Jr Details Increased ‘Competitive’ Nature of Saudi Pro League

Published 08/18/2023, 9:12 AM EDT

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The summer transfer window has seen some major moves in Saudi Arabia. This all started with the surprise decision by Cristiano Ronaldo to join Saudi side Al-Nassr last season. This move not only shocked fans around the world but also opened the floodgates for other top stars to consider playing in the Saudi Pro League (SPL). One such star is Brazillian sensation Neymar Jr who believes the competition in the SPL is on the rise.

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The latest addition to this star-studded league is Brazilian superstar Neymar Jr. The 31-year-old recently completed a $98.6 million move to Al-Hilal, one of Saudi Arabia’s most celebrated teams. The forward’s move also comes with an anticipated yearly income of approximately $100 million for the next two years. Following his big-money move Neymar has nothing but high praises for the Saudi League.

Neymar believes the competition is on the rise in Saudi Arabia

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Despite the financial implications of this move, Neymar has been quick to praise the competitive nature of the Saudi League. In a recent interview, he talked about the growing competition in the league, thanks to the influx of high-profile signings such as Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino, among others.

Neymar acknowledged the competitiveness of the league and stated, “The league will be very competitive, especially after the signings made in the summer transfer window”. The Brazillian went on to explain his decision to join the Saudi League. He emphasized the importance of competitiveness in his career.

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Neymar further added, “I believe competitiveness is important. That’s why I am joining this league. I am driven by challenges. I am there to help the league grow”. It is clear that he sees the Saudi League as an ideal platform to test his skills against some of the best players in the world. It is worth noting that Neymar is not the only player praising the Saudi Pro League. Just days before his statement, Cristiano Ronaldo himself declared the league to be better than MLS.

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When discussing the legends of soccer, there are two names that immediately come to mind: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. These two players have dominated the sport in Europe for years, but now they have taken their talents elsewhere. Ronaldo has made his way to the Saudi Pro League, while Messi has found a new home in the MLS. This has sparked an interesting debate about which league is superior, and Ronaldo himself has shared his thoughts on the matter.

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Earlier, the striker addressed speculation about his future and potential moves to either MLS or a return to Europe. While he firmly stated that he has no plans to return to Europe at this time, he did make a controversial comment about MLS. According to CR7, “The Saudi league is better than MLS”. Unsurprisingly, this statement has generated passionate discussions among soccer enthusiasts worldwide.

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Saransh Chauhan is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. With a particular admiration for Lionel Messi, Saransh is committed to exploring every facet of the world's most popular sport in his work. At EssentiallySports, Saransh is known for his versatility as a writer, covering a wide range of topics with an open-minded curiosity that allows him to excel in all areas of the industry.
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