Cristiano Ronaldo was accused of deliberately denigrating the French League because his eternal rival, Lionel Messi, once played in France’s highest caste competition.
This claim was made by French female footballer, Laure Boulleau.
He admitted that he was surprised when he found out that Cristiano Ronaldo said that the Saudi Arabian League was better than the French League.
Ronaldo made this controversial statement at the 2023 Globe Soccer Awards ceremony in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Friday (19/1/2024).
“The Saudi Arabian League is definitely not worse than the French League,” said Ronaldo as reported by BolaSport.com from ESPN.
“The French league only has two or three teams that stand out.”
“Meanwhile our league is more competitive,” added the megastar.
According to Boulleau, this sentence is inappropriate for a player who has never experienced competition in the French League.
Boulleau also wondered why CR7 suddenly compared the Saudi Arabian League with the French League. The former PSG women’s team player suspected that Ronaldo’s statement had something to do with Lionel Messi, who played in the French League for two years with Paris.
While strengthening PSG, La Pulga only scored 32 goals in 75 matches. These statistics are clearly not flashy for a player like Messi. With this statement, Ronaldo is thought to be trying to show that he is greater than Messi. Ronaldo managed to score 54 goals in 2023 yesterday.
“I was very surprised by his statement,” said Boulleau, quoted by BolaSport.com from Canal+.
“Why did he attack the French League? Because Lionel Messi once played here? I ask myself why he mentioned the French League and not another league.”
“I already thought that he was inappropriate to say that.”
“I think he’s played in a lot of other leagues, except this one, so I think it’s a little lame.”
“It’s not the league he’s most familiar with.”
“To be honest, if you watch the Saudi Arabian League games, I don’t think that’s true.”
“I think it’s an expression of communication, of pride.”
“He’s got a big ego.”
“That doesn’t stop me from really liking Cristiano Ronaldo, but I don’t like statements like that at all,” he added.