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Saudi Arabia’s Football League Sees 650% Increase in Broadcast Revenue After Cristiano Ronaldo Transfer: Report

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Saudi Arabia’s Football League Sees 650% Increase in Broadcast Revenue with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Transfer

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Introduction

Asharq Al-Awsat reported that the broadcast revenue of Saudi Arabia’s football league has increased by 650% following the transfer of Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United last year.

Increase in Broadcast Coverage

Carlo Nora, Chief Operating Officer of the Saudi Professional League, announced that Saudi League matches are currently being broadcast in 140 countries.

Commitment to Growth

In an interview published by Bloomberg news agency, Nora expressed the league’s commitment to embracing change and development in order to stand out. He stated, “We are trying to be different, so we welcome any change or development that can be made to the Saudi League.”

Potential Participation in AFC Champions League

Nora confirmed that the Saudi Pro League remains fully committed to participating in the AFC Champions League, the top club-level competition in Asia. Any discussions regarding Saudi League teams joining the Champions League would likely involve the tournament organizer, the European Football Association (UEFA), and the Saudi Football Association.

Investment in Top Players

The Saudi League has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to attract some of the world’s best players, including Brazilian Neymar, Frenchman Karim Benzema, Senegalese Sadio Mane, and Algerian Riyadh Mahrez. This investment aims to bring about a significant transformation in the sport.

Expansion of Champions League Membership

It is worth noting that the European Football Association already includes members from non-European countries, such as Kazakhstan, whose teams are eligible to participate in the Champions League.

Source

Source: aawsat

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