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Saudi Pro League hits 'humiliating new low' that will embarrass Cristiano Ronaldo

Marcus Chan

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Saudi Pro League hits 'humiliating new low' that will embarrass Cristiano Ronaldo

The Saudi Professional League have reportedly hit a new low despite their huge summer spending spree.

Back in January, Cristiano Ronaldo became the first big-name player from Europe to make a switch to the Saudi Professional League.

The Portuguese five-time Ballon d’Or winner signed for Al Nassr after his contract with Manchester United was terminated.

Since then, clubs in Saudi Arabia have been spending big to lure other big-name players to the Middle East.

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During the summer transfer window, the likes of Karim Benzema, Neymar, Riyad Mahrez, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino all ditched European football for Saudi Arabia.

Homegrown players such as Jordan Henderson and Demarai Gray also left England to play in the Saudi Professional League.

However, despite the big-name players, the Saudi Pro League have hit another low point.

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According to the Daily Star, the match between Al Riyadh and Al Hazm recorded a humiliating attendance of just 264.

The match was played at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium last week, which has a maximum attendance of 22,188.

During the dreadful 0-0 affair, a sea of empty blue seats were there for all to see.

That was not the lowest attendance figure of the season as Al Riyadh’s match against Al Okhdood only had 133 people in the stands.

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Image Credit: Getty
Image Credit: Getty

In comparison, the lowest average attendance of any club in the English Football League is 2013, which belongs to League Two outfit Forest Green Rovers.

However, there have been matches where the attendance figures have been respectable.

For example, Al Hilal, who have the likes of Ruben Neves, Neymar and Kalidou Koulibaly in their ranks, recorded an attendance of 59,600.

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Former Liverpool captain Henderson had only 976 fans in the stands when his new club, Al Ettifaq, managed by Reds legend Steven Gerrard took on Abha at the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Sports City Stadium earlier on in the season.

Featured Image Credit: Getty

Topics: Cristiano Ronaldo, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Pro League, Football, Al Nassr

Marcus Chan
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