Cristiano Ronaldo’s hopes of returning to the Champions League with Al-Nassr have been dashed by UEFA.
The president of UEFA, Aleksander Ceferin, has definitively ruled out the possibility of Saudi Arabian teams participating in the competition.
This comes after media reports suggested that there was a chance for Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr or other Saudi Pro League teams to gain a wildcard entry.
Ceferin stated that only European clubs are allowed to participate in the Champions League, Europa League, and Conference League.
He also dismissed the idea of holding the Champions League final in the United States.
Despite big-name stars moving to Saudi Arabia, Ceferin does not see it as a threat to European football, citing the example of Chinese football which did not develop despite buying players at the end of their careers.
The Champions League group stage draw is set to take place on Thursday.
This article was updated 1 month ago