It was at the height of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar that Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo may join the Saudi Pro League club Al Nasser FC. At first people thought it was just a joke. However, the most searched club name on Google at that time was Al Nasr FC.
CR7 (Cristiano Ronaldo) joined Al Nasser FC in January 2023 with an annual income of $214 million. After that, football players came to the money-bearing tree of the Saudi Pro League. Brazilian stars Neymar, Roberto Firmino, Senegalese star Sadio Mane, French stars Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, and Algerian national star Riyad Mehres are among the big stars who have reached the Saudi Pro League clubs through the summer transfer window of 2023-2024.
It is interesting to note that despite having so many great players, the long-standing problem in the Saudi Pro League has not been resolved. The arrival of stars including Cristiano Ronaldo has attracted the attention of the world, but the reality is that it has not made much of a stir among Saudi football lovers.
An intractable problem in the Saudi Pro League is that there are not enough spectators even for weekend matches. Al Ahli FC x Al Wehda FC match saw the highest attendance in Saudi Pro League Round 10. It is also noteworthy that only 16,919 spectators reached the gallery that day.
Al Nasser FC’s match against Damac FC was witnessed by only 16,875 live spectators. It is also noteworthy that the match against Damac FC was won by Al Nasser FC with the goal of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Steven Gerrard’s Al Itifaq FC beat Al Riyadh FC 1 – 0 in a crowd of just 696. 532 people were in the gallery when Al Hamas won against Al Reid FC. These are really shocking figures for football lovers who celebrate the Saudi Pro League.
Even after spending billions and bringing big stars to Saudi Arabia, nothing has shown the way to bring the audience to the gallery. Al Hilal FC is currently on the first position in the Saudi Pro League with 29 points. Cristiano’s Al Nasr is second and Al Thaoun is third.
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