Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo has tipped the Saudi Pro-League to become a top five league in the world, if they attract more big players.
“If they are coming, big players and big names, young players, ‘old players’, they are very welcome because if that happens, the league will improve a little bit,” Ronaldo said in an interview with the SPL.
“The league is very good but I think we have many opportunities to still grow. The league is competitive. We have very good teams, very good Arab players.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has completed his first season with Al Nassr after joining in December and has scored 14 goals in 16 games to help his teams Al Nassr finish second behind champions Al Hilal.
PSG confirmed Messi will leave the club this summer but it is still unclear whether the Argentina forward will join the Pro League despite his role as a tourism ambassador for Saudi Arabia.
Real Madrid team-mates Benzema and Modric have also been linked with a move to the League that is continually gaining recognition.
The former Manchester United striker- who has a contact till 2025-however admitted there’s need for improvement and added he will continue playing next season.
“I think other small things they need to improve,” added Ronaldo.
“But I am happy here, I want to continue here, I will continue here. And in my opinion if they continue to do the work that they want to do here, for the next five years, I think the Saudi league can be a top five league in the world.”
“But they need to improve a little bit more the infrastructure. Even the referees, the VAR system, should be a little quicker.”