Saudi Arabia says it wants to take its investors through Manchester United and Liverpool – and hopes Cristiano Ronaldo will come to play for his home club.
Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, the minister of sports, revealed his expectations in an interview with the country’s latest Sky News – With the sum of the funds already owning Newcastle and now funding a series of breakaway golf courses.
The team is ready – after the Glazers announced plans for a potential sale – and Ronaldo who is Prince Abdulaziz is interesting.
Focus on Ronaldo signing for the Saudi Pro League club after the World Cup, with the 37-year-old free agent following his acrimonious departure from United this week.
“Who wouldn’t want to play in the league?” Prince Abdulaziz said Sky News. “He is a role model for many players, him and Messi.”
Sky Sports News understands Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal are exploring a deal to sign Ronaldo.
The Saudi vision is to see an alliance with Ronaldo and Messi, who is still signed to Paris Saint-Germain but is already signed to promote Saudi Arabia.
“It has benefited the kingdom a lot from tourism,” Prince Abdulaziz said. “If they can, I would love to play both of them in the Saudi league.”
Newcastle was bought by the Saudis last year through the Public Investment Fund, which the Premier League claims does not control the government, despite being crowned by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Now there are two other Premier League clubs in the market – Liverpool and United – and the sports minister wants either – or both – to fall under Saudi rule.
“I hope so, if the facts and numbers are added, and it makes a good thing,” he said. “Then they could enter privately, or enter companies, from the kingdom.”
He added: “The Premier League is the best league in the world. Everyone watches the Premier League. The league is the most watched and the diehard teams are in the realm of these parties. So it would be beneficial for everyone.”
“We can say that we have a strong league. It is not the strongest in Asia. You know we are building towards a better future. And we will see how the future holds for him.”
He said: “And you know, I’ve heard about these thoughts in the gospel as well as about everyone. I don’t have all the reports that came out. But you know what I can say. We have a messenger for tourism in the Kingdom with the tourism ministry – and that’s a lot benefit
“In terms of peregesis for the kingdom, if they can, I’d love to see them both play in the Saudi league, and, you know, if the top players come to the Saudi league, and the stories that strengthen our program, we’re going to do it.”
Avram Glazer opposed Utd sale and Ronaldo
Manchester United co-owner Avram Glazer has spoken for the first time since the club could be for sale.
Sky News He was interviewed near his home in West Palm, Florida, where he was asked why now was the time to sell the club.
He said: “As we reported yesterday, the board went through the process and decided it would look at a number of strategic issues – and that’s what we’re doing.”
He repeated the answer when asked why the club had not come earlier and added: “We will see where it leads us.”
The Glazers are reportedly furious at the talks with Cristiano Ronaldo in a recent interview and Ronaldo has left United by mutual consent this week.
But Avram Glazer refused to be drawn to the striker’s cry – echoed by many fans – that his family “doesn’t care about the club”.
He told Sky News: “Well, let me tell you about Cristiano Ronaldo – he’s a great player for Manchester United, I appreciate everything he’s done for the club and I wish him the best of luck in the future.”