Cristiano Ronaldo claims his role as 'pioneer' for Saudi Pro League has helped attract star names

 Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring during the Saudi Pro League football match between Al-Nassr and Al-Fateh at the Prince Abdullah Bin Jalawi Stadium in al-Hasa, on August 25, 2023. (Photo by Ali Al-HAJI / AFP) (Photo by ALI AL-HAJI/AFP via Getty Images)
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Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed credit for the improvement in quality in Saudi Arabia in recent months, suggesting his move to Al-Nassr in January 2023 has raised the profile of the league and enticed more players to follow the same path.

The likes of Karim Benzema, Neymar, Sadio Mane, N'Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez, among many others, have all moved to the Middle East in recent months, something Ronaldo is "proud" of to "pioneer".

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Ryan Dabbs
Staff writer

Ryan is a staff writer for FourFourTwo, joining the team full-time in October 2022. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before eventually earning himself a position with FourFourTwo permanently. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer while a Trainee News Writer at Future.