The Saudi Arabian government has set its sights on assembling a formidable quartet of football superstars to elevate the Saudi Pro League (SPL) and enhance the country’s global footballing reputation. Following the successful acquisition of Cristiano Ronaldo and ongoing negotiations with Lionel Messi and Karim Benzema, the next target on their radar is none other than the Brazilian sensation, Neymar.
Predrag Mijatovic, a former Real Madrid player, recently revealed in an interview with Cadena SER (via Onze Mondial) that the Saudi government envisions creating a “quartet of madness” by bringing together Neymar, Messi, and Benzema alongside Ronaldo. This strategic move aims to promote football as a symbol of ambassadorship and increase the brand value of the SPL.
Saudi Arabia’s Ambitious Football Project Takes Shape: Building a Star-Studded Quartet
Inspired by the achievements of neighboring Qatar in hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the Saudi government is determined to position itself prominently in the world of football. Their long-term goal includes hosting a World Cup in the coming decade, and they believe that attracting renowned footballers will significantly contribute to the popularity of the SPL and the nation as a whole.
The project took off with the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo by Riyadh-based club Al-Nassr FC in January. Since joining, the Portuguese striker has made an instant impact, netting 14 goals and providing two assists in 19 appearances across various competitions. Despite falling short of claiming the title, Ronaldo remains devoted to Al-Nassr and eagerly anticipates the upcoming season.
Neymar on the Radar: Saudi Arabia’s Next Target for Football Supremacy
Building on the growing popularity brought by Ronaldo’s presence in the SPL, the Saudi government is now targeting the likes of Lionel Messi, Karim Benzema, and Neymar. Messi’s uncertain future at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) has fueled speculations about his potential move, although his preference is to return to FC Barcelona if given the opportunity.
Neymar, a teammate of Messi at PSG, could also be enticed by the tempting offers from the SPL, despite previous links to the Premier League. Whether the 31-year-old Brazilian star decides to embark on a new chapter in Saudi Arabia or continue his European career remains uncertain at this stage.
Benzema’s Transfer Saga: Will Real Madrid’s Star Striker Join the Saudi Football Revolution?
As for Karim Benzema, reports about his potential departure from Real Madrid have been conflicting. Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Italy initially suggested an imminent exit, hinting at a press conference where Benzema would make the announcement. However, Spanish outlet Marca later contradicted this claim, stating that Benzema intends to stay at Real Madrid due to his significance to the team and the continued interest from the SPL in the foreseeable future.
Completing the audacious feat of bringing Messi, Neymar, and Benzema to join forces with Ronaldo in the SPL would send shockwaves throughout the football world and serve as a powerful statement of Saudi Arabia’s footballing ambitions. The impact of such a quartet would undoubtedly elevate the SPL’s status and further cement the Saudi government’s commitment to promoting football as a global spectacle.