Al-Ettifaq manager Steven Gerrard expressed his admiration for Cristiano Ronaldo, dubbing him “The GOAT” upon joining forces in the Saudi Arabian Pro League in July.
Their history traces back to Ronaldo’s earlier stint with Manchester United, where he engaged in a spirited rivalry with Gerrard, then captain of Liverpool.
Gerrard, reflecting on Ronaldo’s impact, emphasized the significance of his arrival in January as a monumental signing. In an interview with the Saudi Pro League, Gerrard acknowledged Ronaldo’s enduring football prowess and revealed how closely he followed Ronaldo’s performances over six months. He noted that Ronaldo’s presence elevated the league’s global appeal, drawing attention not only to his individual achievements but also catalyzing additional high-profile signings, showcasing a wealth of talent and diverse skill sets within the league.