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Rafael Leao reveals prediction Ronaldo made on Saudi Professional League



The AC Milan ahead opened up on a chat he had with Cristiano Ronaldo throughout a current go to to Saudi Arabia.

The ever-growing checklist of world-renowned skills becoming a member of Cristiano Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia this summer time hasn’t stunned Rafael Leao one bit.

As Ronaldo stated in Madrid final month, his January transfer to Al Nassr “opened the field”. The ahead’s arrival marked the beginning of a brand new period in Saudi Arabian soccer. It has seen among the world’s greatest gamers observe in his wake. These embrace Ballon d’Or holder Karim Benzema, World Cup winner N’Golo Kante, and most not too long ago Marcelo Brozovic.

Now Leao has revealed Ronaldo at all times believed this might occur. The pair spoke in regards to the Saudi Professional League’s future throughout Leao’s go to to Saudi Arabia in January. The Portuguese ahead was within the nation for AC Milan’s Supercoppa Italiana recreation towards Inter Milan, which the Purple and Blacks misplaced 3-0.

“Cristiano stated to me ‘nice gamers will come quickly right here’,” Leao stated throughout a fan Q&A session on YouTube.

“He heard some information. So I used to be roughly conscious that the Arab market would revolutionize as a result of they’ve very nice monetary energy. Cristiano additionally informed me that the league will turn into very sturdy. With the signings which are being seen, I feel it’ll turn into a really attention-grabbing league.”

This summer time, the Public Funding Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia took over 4 of the nation’s main soccer golf equipment. These groups are Al-Ittihad, Al-Nassr, Al-Hilal, and Al-Ahli. Al-Ittihad, Al-Nassr, and Al-Hilal had been the highest three golf equipment within the top-flight league final season. Al-Ahli was the champion of the second-tier league.

The PIF’s takeover has elevated the switch funds accessible to those golf equipment. The Saudi Professional League doesn’t have Europe’s monetary truthful play guidelines both, so the groups can supply gamers big salaries with out penalties.

Based on Transfermarkt, Saudi Professional League golf equipment have accomplished 81 signings thus far this summer time. They’ve spent a complete of €143.6 million on switch charges. The costliest signing is Ruben Neves. The Portuguese midfielder joined Al-Hilal from the English crew Wolves this month for a €55 million price.

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