Ronaldo Al-Nassr ‘challenge’ talked up by Xavi as Barcelona boss insists Saudi Pro League is ‘very complicated’

Barcelona manager and former Al Sadd coach Xavi insists Al-Nassr’s Cristiano Ronaldo will be “challenged” by the “complicated” Saudi Pro League.

WHAT HAPPENED? The Barcelona boss has projected that Ronaldo won’t have an easy time in the Saudi Pro League. The former Real Madrid star signed a deal that will pay him $75m (£61.1m) per year until the end of the 2024 season, and fan expectations are high.

WHAT THEY SAID: “He has signed for one of the best clubs in Saudi Arabia, but it’s a challenge,” Xavi said. “This league is very complicated. I played against several of their teams when I coached Al Sadd. It will be a challenge.”