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July 25, 2024

‘Ronaldo is in Saudi Arabia because of money’ – Ex-Super Eagles striker Ighalo


Ex-Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo has claimed Cristiano Ronaldo and other top footballers moved to Saudi Arabia for money.

Ighalo left mainstream Europe for Chang Chung Yatai in 2017 after playing for Lyn, Udinese, Granada, Cesena, and Watford.

At Yatai, he earned a reported €200,000 weekly salary, before moving to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua where he also commanded a similar wage.

Ighalo spent one year in Shanghai before moving to Manchester United on a six-month loan deal.

After that, the 34-year-old joined Al Shabbab, where he started earning €170,000.

Two years later, Ronaldo moved to Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr in a stunning three-year deal that would see him earn €210.704 million in total.

“See people that are going to Saudi Arabia, big players. Is Ronaldo still playing for passion? He has made more than 100 times what I have in my life, but he still went to Saudi. You want to tell me that is passion? No, it’s for money.

“It’s only when we Africans say it they will say we like money. But these people don’t care, some of them want to be highest paid and all that,” Ighalo old Oma TV.





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