Cristiano Ronaldo has delievred a parting shot to English football by suggesting that Spain’s La Liga is “superior” to the Premier League.
Ronaldo, who has swapped Manchester United for Real Madrid in a world record £80m deal, will be presented to the fans and media on Monday evening following his move.
And the winger said: “I think La Liga is going to have more quality because of the players that are arriving.
“All the players have a lot of quality and the referees protect the players.”
Ronaldo’s arrival follows that of fellow big-money signing Kaka last week.
More than 50,000 Real Madrid fans are said to have turned out to welcome the Brazilian playmaker, who signed from AC Milan for a reported fee of £56m, and Ronaldo’s bow is expected to draw an even larger crowd when he is presented later today.
The Portuguese international will be presented with the number nine shirt by Alfredo di Stefano.
And he believes Real’s £200m spending spree this summer edges the Spanish league ahead of England in terms of quality.
“Both leagues are going to be very good but I think that with Real president Florentino Perez`s signings the Spanish league is superior to the English,” he stated.
“It’s going to be a magnificent competition in Spain this year.”