Rio Ferdinand picks better league between MLS and Saudi Pro League: Rio Ferdinand, a legend of Manchester United, has said that the Saudi Pro League (SPL) is superior than Major League Soccer (MLS), implying that Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo’s longstanding nemesis, has received undue criticism.
Ronaldo and Messi have departed from Europe in order to start fresh journeys on two distinct continents.
The Argentine captain joined MLS team Inter Miami in July, while the captain of Portugal went to SPL powerhouse Al-Nassr in January. Breaking News: Nigerians safe in Israel – Michael Freeman
Thus far, both strikers have shown promise for the teams they play for.
“Look at how the media and people dealt with Messi going to America and Cristiano Ronaldo going to Saudi Arabia,” Ferdinand said (via Transfer News Live on X).
“When a player goes to America, you greet him, but when a player goes to Saudi, he is attacked. Do you want to tell me that America is a perfect country?”
He added, “If I had not retired 100%, I would go to Saudi Arabia without thinking and without a doubt. The USA? No, the Saudi Pro League is much better than MLS.”