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Ronaldo and Benzema came Saudi football in trouble due to sluggish box office performance

Average league audience this season is about 8,000

It has been reported that Saudi Arabian professional soccer, which recruited a large number of famous soccer stars, achieved box office results that were below expectations.

The ‘2023-2024 Season Saudi Professional League’ ended with Al Hilal (96 points) winning the final 34 rounds of matches on the 28th (Korean time).

This season, Saudi Arabia sought to challenge the four major leagues (EPL, La Liga, Serie A, and Bundesliga) by introducing a large number of famous players.

At the center was Cristiano Ronaldo (39) from Portugal.

Ronaldo, who played for prestigious European clubs such as Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus, moved to Al Nasr in Saudi Arabia in January last year.

Ronaldo scored 35 goals in 31 games this season, setting the record for most goals in a single season in the Saudi league. I stopped. 파워볼사이트

Ronaldo, who was previously the top scorer in the EPL, La Liga, and Serie A, also dominated the Saudi League, becoming the first soccer player in the world to become the top scorer in four leagues. Neymar (32), who was expected to work with Lee Kang-in at Paris Saint-Germain, also transferred to Al Hilal at the start of this season. However, he injured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee during a qualifying match for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, ending his season early. Neymar’s league record this season is 0 goals and 2 assists in 3 appearances. Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard also took charge of Al IT Park starting this season. The team got off to a shaky start, recording only one win in the first 12 games of the season, but eventually rose to 6th place. In June last year, the Saudi sovereign wealth fund acquired Al Hilal and Al Nasr, as well as Al Ahly and Al Ittihad, and began recruiting star players. It is known that these four clubs spent more than 750 million pounds (about 1.3056 trillion won) on recruiting famous players even after Ronaldo. Many famous players who played in European leagues, including Ruben Neves, Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, and Aleksandar Mitrovic, transferred to the Saudi league ahead of this season. However, despite the performance of famous players, the box office performance was below expectations compared to the investment. The average attendance in the Saudi league this season barely exceeded 8,000 per game. Only four popular clubs recorded an average attendance of more than 10,000. Even Al Nasr, where Ronaldo played, had an average audience of only 17,821. 한국야동


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