Brazil star Neymar has credited Cristiano Ronaldo with kickstarting the transformation of the Saudi Pro League.
The forward, who signed for Al-Hilal this week, believes that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is the reason why so many of the world’s top talents have moved to the Middle East this summer.
He said: “I believe Cristiano Ronaldo started all of this and everybody called him crazy, and this and that.
“Today you see the league grow more and more.
“It is exciting, meeting top-quality players on the other teams thrills you and motivates you to play even better. And it is a given when you face Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Roberto Firmino, that the excitement is even greater.