Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United plays during the English Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool FC on August 22, 2022 in Manchester, England.
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Saudi Arabia has said it wants its investors to take over Manchester United and Liverpool – and hopes Cristiano Ronaldo comes to play in the domestic league.
Sports Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with sky news – with a sovereign wealth fund that already owns Newcastle and currently sponsors a series of breakaway golf.
It is United’s availability – after the Glazers announced a potential sale – and Ronaldo is what interests Prince Abdulaziz.
He is keen for Ronaldo to sign for a Saudi Pro League team after the World Cup, with the 37-year-old being a free agent following this week’s difficult departure from United.
“Who wouldn’t want him playing in their league?” Prince Abdulaziz said sky news. “He’s a role model for a lot of young players – him and Messi.”
Sky Sports News understand Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal are considering an agreement to sign Ronaldo.
The vision will see Saudi Arabia’s league featuring both Ronaldo and Messi, who are still signed to Paris Saint-Germain but have signed up to promote Saudi Arabia.
Prince Abdulaziz said: “It benefits the kingdom a lot in terms of tourism. “If they can, I would like to see them both play in the Arab league.”
Newcastle was acquired by the Saudis last year through the Public Investment Fund, which the Premier League claims is not controlled by the government despite being headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Now, two other Premier League clubs are on the market – Liverpool and United – and the sports minister wants either – or both – under Saudi ownership.
“I hope so, if the investors and the numbers add up, and it makes for a good business,” he said. “Then the private sector can join, or companies can join, from the kingdom.”
He added: “The Premier League is the best league in the world. Everyone watches the Premier League. It is the most watched league and there are passionate fans of these teams in the kingdom. So it will benefit everyone.”
“I can say we have a strong league. It’s not one of the strongest leagues in Asia. You know, we’re looking towards a better future. And we see the future. How will the future support that?”
He continued: “And you know, I’ve heard about these speculations in the news as well as everyone else. I don’t have any details on any of the reports that have come out. But you know, what I can say is that we have Messi as the tourism ambassador of the kingdom with the Ministry of Tourism — and that has benefited a lot.
“In terms of tourism for the kingdom, if they can, I’d like to see them both play in the Saudi Arabian league, and you know, if the top players come to play in the Saudi league. Ut, that would strengthen the programs we’re doing.”
Manchester United co-owner Avram Glazer has spoken out for the first time since announcing the club could be up for sale.
sky news followed him near his home in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he was asked Why is now the right time to sell the club?.
He said: “As we announced yesterday, the board went through a process and decided that they would consider different strategic alternatives – and that’s what we do. doing.”
He repeated the answer when asked why the club wasn’t sold sooner and added: “We’ll see where that leads us.”
The Glazers are said to have been angered by remarks from Cristiano Ronaldo in his recent interview and Ronaldo has left United this week by mutual consent.
Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United walks on the pitch during the English Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool FC on August 22, 2022 in Manchester, England.
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But Avram Glazer refused to be drawn into the striker’s claim – echoed by many fans – that his family “has no interest in the club.”
He told Sky News: “Well, I’ll tell you about Cristiano Ronaldo – he’s a great Manchester United player, I appreciate everything he’s done for the club and I wish him well. good luck in the future.”
How things have changed after 16 days…
November 8th: Liverpool owner Fenway Sports Group says it is “open to investors” to come and help the club – something it remains “fully committed to”. Previous reports have stated that FSG is ready to sell the club.
November 11th: Liverpool have announced that director Mike Gordon, chairman of the FSG, will step down from his role amid reports of the sale of the club.
November 13: Cristiano Ronaldo’s blockbuster interview with TalkTV published, in which he criticized Manchester United, the Glazer family and manager Erik ten Hag among others.
November 17: The second part of Ronaldo’s interview aired, in which he claimed the Glazers were “not interested” in United.
November 22, 5:30 pm: Following legal consultations, Manchester United announced they had terminated Ronaldo’s contract at United by mutual consent, with the 37-year-old becoming a free agent.
November 22, 7:30 p.m.: Two hours after Ronaldo’s departure was confirmed, Sky News revealed the story that the Glazer family are ready to sell Manchester United.
November 22, 21:30: Two hours later, Manchester United released a statement revealing that the Glazers were ready to identify “strategic alternatives… including new investments in the club, sale or other transactions related to the club.” company.”
November 23: Reports in the United Kingdom claim British billionaire and longtime Manchester United fan Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who has previously expressed interest in taking over Old Trafford, will join the bidding race. to buy United.
November 24: Liverpool announced sporting director Julian Ward, who only replaced Michael Edwards in the role a year ago, will leave the club at the end of the season. Research director Ian Graham will also step down from his role.
November 24: Saudi Arabia’s sports minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed to Sky News his country’s ambitions to take over both Manchester United and Liverpool.