“If he chooses to join us next season, we’ll be glad to have him,” says Saudi Pro League.
Cristiano Ronaldo (left) and Lionel Messi
The Saudi Pro League would be delighted to have the famous Argentine player, Lionel Messi, join, according to sporting director Michael Emenalo. He expressed a wish to see the World Cup winner compete against the Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Emenalo made these remarks following a surprising revelation by Messi, who admitted he was once tempted to join Ronaldo, a former Real Madrid striker, in the Saudi Pro League.
Messi, speaking to Time in an interview, mentioned that he thought about joining the “very strong” Saudi league when his efforts to return to his former club Barcelona didn’t work out.
“I was considering either Saudi Arabia or Major League Soccer (MLS), and both choices seemed very appealing to me,” he stated.
The famous striker said goodbye to Paris Saint-Germain and joined Inter Miami in the summer. Since then, he has brought considerable fame and popularity to the US league.
Even though he appears content in the US, Emenalo thinks that the Pro League would be a better choice for the World Cup winner.
“I don’t have the answers to why he ended up in MLS,” Emenalo stated, as quoted by The Guardian.
“If he decides to join us next season, we’ll be thrilled to welcome him. If he prefers to stay in MLS, we’ll be very, very happy for him,” said the Saudi Pro League.
Regarding another possibly eventful transfer window in January, he mentioned, “The Saudi Pro League is open for any superstar who wants to come. If there’s a sign that any well-known superstar is interested in joining this league, we will work very hard to bring them in.”