UEFA is considering inviting Al Nasr to the Champions League (UCL), according to Ali Al Harbi, a journalist familiar with Middle Eastern soccer.
UEFA is reportedly of the opinion that Al Nasr is “one of the three most popular clubs in the world”.레모나토토 도메인
The Saudi league is a popular place for superstars to finish their careers. The standard is higher than before and the paychecks are generous.
The lure is so strong that even players who are not in the twilight of their careers and are still competitive in Europe are joining the league.
Clubs in the Saudi Arabian league have rolled up their sleeves to sign superstars and build a super-luxury army.
Starting with Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Neymar have joined the league.
The Premier League (PL) also fell victim to Saudi oil money.
N’Golo Kante, Kalidou Koulibaly, Édouard Mendy, Roberto Firmino, Neymar, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Riyad Mahrez, and many others have left the PL and fallen prey to the lure of oil money.
Al Nasr bolstered their ranks by signing superstars like Ronaldo, Sadio Mane, and Marcelo Brozovic.
With a huge bankroll and a collection of superstars, the Saudi league’s next goal is to break into Europe.
Currently competing in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL), the Saudi Arabian league is looking to join the UCL with the intention of playing in bigger waters.
However, even if UEFA were to allow a Saudi League club to compete in the UCL, it’s doubtful that Al Nasr would be one of them.
“If a Saudi Arabian league club were to play in the UCL, it is unclear whether it would be the winners or Al Nasr,” said the Daily Star.
If UEFA does not approve Al Nasr and they do make it to the UCL, Ronaldo will have something to smile about.
Ronaldo is the UCL’s all-time leading scorer with 141 goals, and he’ll be looking to defend his title.