because it wants to be the new Mecca of football

The final shot in chronological order belongs to Marcelo Brozovic, who will accept the pharaoh’s offer from Al-Nassr, the club where Cristiano Ronaldo already plays. So what is behind the strategy of Saudi clubs?

Football Saudi Arabia: plan for the future

Development of football in Saudi Arabia

The first major blow was that of Cristiano Ronaldo, but the same cannot be said for CR7 if CR7 really matters at the end of his career. Many names announced by Saudi Arabia’s very wealthy clubs. The sale of Hakim Ziyech appears to have been skipped at the moment, while Chelsea is making a real deal by selling to Saudis Kalidou Koulibaly, N’Golo Kante and Eduard Mendy.

But these are players who are 30 years old but still have a market in European football. What about Ruben Neves, who left Wolverhampton at the age of 26 to join Al-Hilal? Wolves received 25 million euros per season, while the Portuguese received 55 million euros. Numbers that no one can match in football today. Except for the Saudis, of course.

Brozovic will earn 100 million in 3 years, but Karim Benzema will get 100 a year from Al-Ittihad and 200 a year from Cristiano Ronaldo Al-Nassr. Unsustainable numbers for any European club, even the richest like Manchester City and PSG. Now the clear target Bring the most competitive and amazing football league to lifeIn the world. We will try to understand why in a moment.

What’s behind the expensive Saudi strategy?

The original idea behind it was pretty clear, so legitimize themselves in front of the worldto use football and more generally sport as a diplomatic and political key choice. The organization of the 2030 World Cup seemed like the most logical and immediate goal for this project, but in the last few days there has been a change. Withdrawal of Saudi Arabia’s candidacy.

The official reason will be the impossibility of competing with the joint offer submitted by it. Spain, Portugal and Morocco, but there may be more behind it. Certainly, Saudi Arabia’s political weight in football is considerable, as it also already controls clubs in major European leagues such as Newcastle in the Premier League through the PIF sovereign wealth fund.

However, there are some problems and contradictions that arise, such as those mentioned above. 50 disputes submitted to FIFA by the FIFPRO association By players who do not receive a salary from Saudi clubs. These are arguments that show a flaw in a system where athletes later win, attracting champions with a pharaoh’s salary, but not paying others.

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