Saudi Arabia wants Liverpool and Manchester United to be taken over by its investors. It also hopes Cristiano Ronaldo will play in the Saudi league.
In an interview with Sky News, Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, the Sports Minister revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions. The sovereign wealth fund has already purchased Newcastle and is now financing a breakaway series of golf.
It’s the availability of United that interests Prince Abdulaziz, after the Glazers had announced plans for a possible sale.
After the World Cup the 37-year old Ronaldo is a free agent and Ronaldo would like to sign for a Saudi Pro League.
“Who wouldn’t want him playing in their league?” Sky News spoke to Prince Abdulaziz. “He is a role model for a lot young players – him as well as Messi.”
This vision would see the Saudi League featuring Messi and Ronaldo. Messi is currently signed to Paris Saint-Germain, but has already been signed up to promote Saudi Arabia.
Prince Abdulaziz stated that the kingdom has benefited greatly from tourism. “If they are able, I would love to see them play in the Saudi league.
Newcastle, purchased by the Saudis in via the Public Investment Fund. The Premier League asserts that the fund is not under the control of the government, despite it being led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Two other Premier League clubs, Liverpool and United, are now on the market. The sports minister wants one or both to be under Saudi ownership.
He said, “I hope so. If there are investors, the numbers add up and it makes for a good business.” The private sector or companies could then come in from the kingdom.
He said, “The Premier League has the best league in the entire world.” The Premier League is a favorite of everyone. It is the most popular league, and it has diehard fans all over the kingdom. It would be a great benefit to everyone.
“I can tell you that we have a strong team. It is not the strongest in Asia. We’re working towards a better tomorrow, you know. We are optimistic about the future.
He said, “And you know what? I heard about these speculations from the news as everybody else. I don’t know any details about the reports. You know what? I can tell you that Messi is an ambassador for tourism within the kingdom, working with the ministry. That’s been a huge benefit.
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He continued: “In terms tourism for the Kingdom, if they can, we’d love them to play in the Saudi League. And, you know? If top players come into Saudi League and play, that will strengthen the programmes that are being done.
“It will show that, you know that the league is stronger in order to showcase that there is potential for the youth of the future to admire.”