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Cristiano Ronaldo happy in Saudi Arabia, wants other great players to join him

Cristiano Ronaldo happy in Saudi Arabia, wants other great players to join him

Cristiano Ronaldo admits he did not expect to finish the season empty-handed at Al Nassr, but the Portuguese forward says he is happy in Saudi Arabia and hopes other big-name players will follow him into the league next season. Ronaldo signed a two-and-a-half-year contract estimated by media to be worth more than 200 million euros ($220.16 million) with Al Nassr, making his debut in January.

He scored 14 goals in 16 games, but it was not enough to help his side win the Saudi Pro League (SPL) title, with Al Nassr finishing second behind Al Ittihad. The 38-year-old, who missed the last game due to injury, said the league was very competitive but there was plenty of room for improvement.

"We have very good teams, very good Arab players, but the infrastructure, they need to improve a little more. Even the referees, the VAR system, need to be a little faster. But I'm happy here, I want to continue here , I'll continue here. In Europe we train more in the morning and here we train in the afternoon or at night. When you start Ramadan, we train at 10 o'clock at night. It was so strange."

Since Ronaldo's arrival, several other top players have been linked with a move to the Saudi league, with Lionel Messi receiving an official offer to join Al-Hilal next season. Ronaldo's former teammate and Ballon d'Or winner Karim Benzema has reportedly received an offer worth more than €100 million from Al Ittihad. Ronaldo added:

"If they come, big players and big names, young players, 'old players', they are very welcome. If that happens, the league will improve a bit. Age is not important."

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