Saudi Arabia are working fvery hard to put their football league on the world map, and in order to achieve this, they have brought in top footballers from Europe.
In 2022, Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United to join Al Nassr in the Saudi Pro League, and in this summer, they’ve strengthened their clubs’ squad with more players — both young and veterans from Europe are now moving to the Middle East.
Ronaldo is the most followeed individual on Instagram, and the presence of the Portuguese has drawn more eyes to the Saudi Pro League. Now more people are watching the league, and the likes of Talisca and other young footballers are now well-known.
The Kingdom did not end bu signing the most followed person on Instagram, they went on to sign Neymar who is the biggest football from South America.
Aside from Ronaldo, and Lionel Messi, Neymar is the third biggest football playing at the moment, and the Brazilian is also in the Gulf nation. He signed for Al Hilal, the side which is the most successful in Asia.
The last FIFA Club World Cup final was played between Real Madrid and Al Hilal, and to holster their chances of winning the Club World Cup, they now have Neymar, Ruben Neves and former Fulham striker Aleksandr Mitrovic.
So to answer the question if the Saudi Pro League is growing? The answer is Yes. The league is getting more tougher in terms of competition as more likely to move to the Middle East for a even greater pay.
The UEFA President, Aleksander Čeferin, believe the SPL is not going to be threat to European football and will go the same way Chinese Pro League ended, but a lot of experts don’t think the so. And some coaches in the Premier League are already complaining about the discrepancy in the transfer window, and are calling for FIFA to align the deadline days.
The transfer window in Europe’s major League ended on Septbper 1, but clubs in the Saudi Pro League can still sign players until September 20.
Liverpool are currently foghtong to keep their talisman Mohamed Salah, and club Jürgen Klopp think it would be catastrophe for his side if the Egyptian forward is allow to leave knowing fully well that they won’t be able to replace him until next transfer window in January.
The biggest shock among the players who have abandoned European football to play in Saudi Arabia is the signing of 21-year-old Spaniard Gabriel Veiga Novas who turned down move to Napoli or Liverpool to join Roberto Firmino at Al Ahli.
Al Ahli have signed some of Europe’s top players — Riyad Mahrez from Manchester City, Allan Saint-Maximin from Newcastle United, among others.
At Al Nassr, Sadio Mane and Marcelo Brozović have also signed to join Cristiano Ronaldo at the club.
And another Saudi club that has a lot of top players is Al Ittihad, with the likes of Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, Fabinho playing for the club.
Al Etiffaq also have Steven Gerrard as head coach, and Jordan Henderson as players — two of the well known in Europe.
The Saudi Pro League came second in the transfer window behind Premier League, and are expected to sign more players before the closure of the window and in the coming ones. In Africa, people now follow the league as much as they follow the Premier League and the Spanish La Liga. The SPL is growing at a fast pace and the momentum can be sustained with no doubt, it will displace some leagues in Europe.
Ronaldo is always the news whenever his team is playing, so the league is not only growing the competition but also dominating the social media sphere.
A lot of experts thinks the Saudi League is here to stay, but we will wait to see what happen in few years.