In addition to Saudi Arabia dropping the biggest bomb of the World Cup so far, taking the scalp of Argentina, serious offensives have been launched in 2 other large-scale directions.
According to information from “Sky Sports”, work is already underway to attract Cristiano Ronaldo to the local championship.
The Portuguese is without a club after parting ways with Manchester United and is looking for a new challenge. For the 37-year-old attacker, the offer will be colossal, and the most likely destination is one of the two local giants – Al Nasser or Al Hilal. Both clubs are financial oases, with their owners directly connected to the political elite and drawing generously from the state’s monetary resources.
As well as bidding for Ronaldo, Saudi money will also be involved in the Premier League giants bid. According to The Telegraph, the country will back a bid from the private sector to buy either Manchester United or Liverpool, or both.
Recently it became clear that the owners of the clubs, who are Americans, are considering a sale and support new investments. Newcastle, who are also part of the Premier League, are already funded by a Saudi consortium. Negotiations on all the deals are still in their early stages and it is not clear whether they will go through, but Saudi Arabia’s strong performance at the World Cup will certainly boost the state’s football expansion ambitions even further.
The news was later officially confirmed by Sports Minister Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal.
“It’s the most watched league in Saudi Arabia and the region and the Premier League has a lot of fans. I can’t speak for the private sector, but there is a lot of interest there, as well as a lot of passion for football. We would definitely support if some Saudi private sector got involved because we know that it will have a positive effect on sports in the kingdom”, he answered precisely to a question about the attitude of the rulers of one of the richest countries in the world towards the acquisition of some of the clubs of the Island.