Cristiano Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia: ‘There’s no question he’s raised the bar’ but 'a lot more' is needed to make Saudi Pro League truly popular

Cristiano Ronaldo
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When Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Saudi Arabia and joined Al-Nassr at the beginning of 2023, all eyes were on the Middle Eastern country to see how the Portuguese international and one of football's greatest ever players would fare in a less-fancied league. 

Al-Nassr, which means ‘victory’ in Arabic, jumped from 800,000 followers on Instagram to more than 14 million, with the club's kit showing up in places all over the world. 

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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. 

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