‘I can’t believe I’m going?’ It can no longer be dismissed as chirashi. Oil money strained Europe. Saudi Arabia is rocking the soccer world this summer.
Can the English Premier League, which is said to have a lot of capital in Europe, be able to use this much? A league that guarantees hundreds of billions of won in annual salary has emerged in Asia. As it claims to be the most economically potential place, Saudi Arabia is encroaching on the world class with a lot of money.
In the meantime, the Saudi Arabia league has not reached the public’s attention. It is only known as a league that provides sufficient compensation to its players because of its abundant capital. So, it was not too much to say that Saudi Arabian players are not going to play in Europe.
There were also gentle waves in it. Al Ittihad, who turned his eyes to foreign players and spent money in the early 2000s, won the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL) twice in a row and earned the title of Asian Gangster, albeit briefly. However, it was not the destination that talented foreign players were constantly looking for. To put it bluntly, it was an area with clear limits.
However, the transfer that engulfed the issue of the Qatar World Cup last winter is completed. Cristiano Ronaldo, who prides himself on being the best in the world, has teamed up with Saudi Arabia. The whole world paid attention to Al-Nasr, which was unfamiliar to him, which he had chosen to do in Europe or not. It turns out that Al Nasr didn’t get Ronaldo for free. He promised an annual salary of 200 million euros (approximately 288.9 billion won), which he had never heard of before. Ronaldo went to Saudi Arabia when he could get the highest salary in the world even if he left Europe.메이저사이트
The impact of Ronaldo’s transfer was great. Big names opened the way to Saudi Arabia. Ronaldo himself even emphasized, “I had 100% influence on superstars coming to Saudi Arabia.” As Ronaldo said, clubs in Saudi Arabia are collecting big names this summer without saying who comes first.
Another trigger was Karim Benzema (Al Ittihad). He was in the middle of his twilight years at Real Madrid. He also won the most prestigious Ballon d’Or and boasted the highest level in Europe. However, he decided to transfer to Al Ittihad, which promised to invest with the same annual salary as Ronaldo.
Al Ittihad was very aggressive, as if he wanted to regain his former reputation. In addition to Benzema, he invested a transfer fee of 47 million euros in Fabinho, who was in full swing at Liverpool. He also scored one of the best goals at Chelsea, even Kante. He also pays Kante an annual salary of 100 million euros.
Al-Hilal, the most prestigious team, also stepped in. Al-Hilal, who conquered the Saudi Arabia League 18 times, opened fire with Kalidu Koulibaly as the challengers grew in size. He subsequently brought Hubeng Neves, Sergei Milinković-Savic, and Malcolm. These three are of great significance. It came to me that Saudi Arabia is no longer a periphery for players in their 20s who are in their prime. It is a transfer that shows that temptation works even if it competes with Europe.
A sense of immediate power gathered in Saudi Arabia rather than a veteran who is about to retire in earnest. Al-Ahli, who was relatively pushed back, responded with Roberto Firmino, Riyad Mahrez, Alain Saint-Maximin and Edouard Mendy, who were active in the Premier League. Mahrez helped Manchester City treble just a few months ago, and Saint-Maximin is one of the best dribblers in the Premier League. Mendy has also been defending Chelsea’s goal all along. The Big Deal is still to come. A contract for Barcelona midfielder Frank Kessie is also imminent.
In addition, it is necessary to pay attention to Al Etipark, which uses the Liverpool connection to secure director Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson and embraces Moussa Dembele. Al Nasr, who first announced the power of oil money as Ronaldo, also reached the peak with Sadio Mane following Marcelo Brozovic, Seko Popana and Alex Telex. Mane is a big name who until recently was the top scorer in the Premier League and played for Bayern Munich.
Saudi Arabia quickly became the league with two Ballon d’Or winners. In addition, it has become a place to satisfy the curiosity about what it would be like if the world class gathered together. As the Chinese Super League experienced in the past, there are predictions that it will not last long. However, Saudi Arabia, which gave a reasonable amount to players with more weight than then, definitely took a chance to revive.
The Saudi Professional League in the 2023-24 season will be broadcast live exclusively in Korea on SPOTV NOW, operated by sports broadcasting channel Spotibi. It is also available on premium sports TV channels SPOTV ON and SPOTV Prime.