“I have a lot to give to the team”
MADRID, March 22 (.) –
The Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo was happy to remain linked to his team, where he still has “a lot to give”, in Roberto Martínez’s first list as coach, while reflecting on his recent move to the Saudi Arabian League.
“I feel very good, so I’m here. I’m in a very competitive league. They should see the Saudi League in a different way. Obviously it’s not like the Premier, but it’s competitive. It has good teams, the Arab players are good, the foreign ones They give quality. Within five years, if they follow this plan, it will be the fourth or fifth most competitive league in the world. I’m very happy,” he said.
Cristiano appeared at a press conference before the duel this Thursday at the Estádio José Alvalade against Liechtenstein, the start of the qualifying phase for Euro 2024. The change in the Portuguese bench, with the arrival of the Spanish Roberto Martínez, kept the bet on a CR7 that finished the World Cup in Qatar with a substitute role that seemed to indicate his international end.
“I’m not going to lie to you. In our life we have to put everything in the balance. We think, we reflect, me and my family. I saw things from a different perspective. I’m happy to be back. The coach showed that he had me. I always wanted to play and I managed to realize that I have a lot to give to the national team. I feel that, I want that and my wish is to take Portugal to the highest level”, he said.
Cristiano, who celebrated a change “that Portugal needed”, was confirmed by Roberto Martínez, in the same press conference, as first captain of the team. In addition, the Al-Nassr player was calm about the competition with Gonçalo Ramos and did not want to remove his controversial departure from Manchester United.