Lille supervisor Paulo Fonseca has criticized countryman Cristiano Ronaldo for calling the Saudi Professional League higher than France’s Ligue 1.
Cristiano Ronaldo Raised Eyebrows With Saudi Professional League-Ligue 1 Comparability
Throughout Dubai’s Globe Soccer Awards final Friday (January 19), five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo claimed Saudi Professional League had already surpassed Ligue 1 by way of competitiveness. Expressing his happiness at Al-Nassr, the 38-year-old claimed the Saudi prime flight was rising with every passing day and backed it to finally grow to be one of many prime three soccer leagues on the planet.
The Portugal icon mentioned (by way of Fabrizio Romano):
“The Saudi league shouldn’t be worse than Ligue 1. The Saudi Professional League is extra aggressive than Ligue 1, I can say that after one yr spent there. We’re higher than the French league already now.
“I really feel so joyful at Al Nassr, it’s an amazing transfer. Saudi is in a course of, it would take lengthy… however step-by-step they’ll go to the highest stage. I feel the Saudi Professional League shall be amongst prime three leagues on the planet. Folks in Saudi shall be proud.”
Fonseca Does Not Suppose Ronaldo’s Feedback Deserve A Retort
Ronaldo’s explosive feedback have prompted fairly a stir in Europe, with former France worldwide Laure Boulleau accusing him of taking a thinly veiled dig at arch-rival Lionel Messi, who spent two years at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). Former Porto and Roma boss Fonseca has additionally implied an ulterior motive in Ronaldo’s feedback.
When requested to deal with the previous Actual Madrid famous person’s controversial feedback, Fonseca bluntly mentioned (by way of GOAL):
“I don’t suppose it’s good what he mentioned. I don’t wish to make a comparability. If he feels joyful in Saudi Arabia, I’m joyful for him. There are issues that don’t need to be answered. I’m losing my time answering them. These statements are a part of it. I feel clever individuals will perceive why he made this assertion.”
Ronaldo additionally questioned the credibility of The Greatest FIFA Males’s Participant Award, which Messi received on January 16. The ex-Manchester United star claimed the award was not stat-driven, hinting that it ought to have gone to Manchester Metropolis goalmachine Erling Haaland as a substitute.