Al Hilal forward Odion Ighalo believes that former Manchester United Cristiano Ronaldo would boost the commercial value of the Saudi Arabian Professional League if he decides to join.
Since mutually terminating his contract at Manchester United on the eve of the world cup, Ronaldo is currently without a club, and there have been talks in the media that he could be on his way to Saudi Arabia.
A couple of European teams like Chelsea, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Napoli have been linked with the 37-year-old forward. Also, Saudi Arabian Professional League side Al Nassr became the latest club to be linked with a blockbuster move for the Portuguese forward.
By virtue of that link, Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo, who spent a season at Manchester United before moving permanently to Saudi Arabia, wants Ronaldo to move to the Middle East because his presence would add a lot to the league.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is hugely ambitious, and I think he will want to play in a Champions League team and end his career well, but you never can say,” Ighalo told The Athletic.
“He has the decision to make. I wish him all the best in that decision, and hopefully, he does come to Saudi Arabia.
“I would love for him to come to Saudi because he would boost the league and add more fanbase to the league. People who aren’t already watching will start to engage with the league and see something they are missing.”
As the January transfer window nears, discussions surrounding the Portuguese star's future have not ended, particularly as he's with his national team at the World Cup.
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