Saudi Arabia will welcome one of the biggest names in football in 2023 after Cristiano Ronaldo agreed a free transfer to Al Nassr.
Ronaldo has been available as a free agent following his controversial exit from Manchester United last month, and the 37-year-old has opted to make a bold move to the Middle East.
The Portugal superstar attracts worldwide attention wherever he goes, and a transfer to Saudi Arabia places massive focus on their domestic league in 2023.
Ronaldo’s arrival breaks new ground in the Saudi Pro League with fans curious to see how he performs in Riyadh.
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What is the Saudi Arabia league called?
The Saudi Pro League is officially known as Roshn Saudi League in accordance with a sponsorship agreement since 2019.
The league was created in 1976 following decades of football organised by region in the Arab nation, with a merger with the King’s Cup in 1990 creating the current format.
The league became fully professional in 2007 with allocated qualification places in the AFC Champions League confirmed in 2003.
How many teams in the Saudi Pro League?
The number of teams in the league has increased from 10 in the inaugural 1976/77 season to 16 in 2022/23.
Star players in the Saudi Pro League
Saudi Arabia’s incredible 2-1 win over Argentina at Qatar 2022 was one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history.
Mohamed Kanno attracted huge attention for his performances in the tournament, but the top stars in the Saudi Pro League are not household Arab names.
Nigerian forward Odion Ighalo topped the 2021/22 goalscoring charts with 24 league goals for Al-Hilal, matching the total of former teammate Bafetimbi Gomis from 2020/21.
Aside from Ronaldo, Brazilian star Anderson Talisca is the standout name in the Saudi Pro League alongside former West Bromwich Albion winger Matheus Pereira.
Saudi Pro League Champions
Al-Hilal have dominated the Saudi Pro League since its inception in 1976, with 18 titles in total, including three in a row from 2019 to 2022.
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Saudi teams in the AFC Champions League
After enjoying a strong start to life in the AFC Champions League, Saudi teams struggled between 2006 and 2018 before Al-Hilal inspired a revival in 2019.
Al-Ittihad remain the only Saudi Arabian team to win successive titles in the newly formatted AFC Champions League (post 2002), with victories in 2004 and 2005.
Al Hilal stormed to glory in the 2019 and 2021 finals, winning their first major continental title since the 2000 Asian Club Championship.
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