Cristiano Ronaldo’s controversial take slammed by Eden Hazard who blasts ‘I don’t agree’

Eden Hazard has criticized Cristiano Ronaldo for saying that the Saudi Pro League is superior than Ligue 1, according to an article from

Since being enticed to the Gulf kingdom in 2022, Ronaldo has been blowing the trumpet for the Saudi Pro League. Last month, he made the contentious claim that the division is among the best in the world. Though Hazard, a Chelsea great who won the Ligue 1 championship with Lille in 2011, understands precisely where he stands, his assertion split opinion.

“If you look at the league in Saudi Arabia, they have big players, it’s just that they’re not big teams,” Hazard said speaking on The Obi One Podcast. “In France, maybe now they have less big players, but they have big teams. “I’m sure if a Ligue 1 team played against a Saudi Arabian team, they would win. Maybe not easily, like people might think, but the level in France is good. I’m watching their league and they have talent.”

Speaking at the Dubai Globe Soccer Awards back in January, Ronaldo said: “I think the Saudi league is not worse than France’s league in my opinion. In France’s league you have two or three teams with a good level, in Saudi now it’s more competitive.

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If the Saudi Pro League and Ligue 1 merged, which teams would finish in the top four? Let us know what you think in the comments section below. “They can say whatever they want. It’s just my opinion and I played there one year so I know what I’m talking about. But I think right now we are better than France’s league.”

Hazard is well positioned to give an opinion about the standard of football in Ligue 1. The 33-year-old began his career in France, having joined Lille as a boy in 2005. He made his first team debut in 2007 aged 16, and was named Ligue 1’s Young Player of the Year in 2008. Two years later he fired his club to domestic glory, helping Lille win just their third-ever Ligue 1 title.

His performances that season alerted the world to his generational talent, and Chelsea won the race for his signature in 2012, snapping him up for £32million. Hazard admitted he wasn’t considering a move to Chelsea due to how poorly the Blues were playing in the 2011/12 season, but an unlikely triumph in the Champions League – and a phone call from Didier Drogba – helped change his mind.

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