La Liga – Ronaldo: Liga now better than Prem


Cristiano Ronaldo believes that La Liga will leave its English counterpart trailing in terms of quality next season following Real Madrid’s massive summer spending spree.

Madrid have taken the transfer market by storm over the last month and are close to smashing the £200 million mark on signings after agreeing deals for Ronaldo, Kaka, Karim Benzema and Raul Albiol.

And Ronaldo claims that will make La Liga a cut above the Premier League, telling Spanish newspaper Marca: “The Premier League is a very good competition, but I think that the Spanish league is going to have a little more quality because of the players that are arriving.”

He added: “Both leagues are going to be very good, but I think that with Florentino Perez’s signings the Spanish league is superior to the English.

“It’s going to be a magnificent competition in Spain this year. All the players have a lot of quality and the referees protect the players more.”

Much is expected of big-spending Madrid next season as they look to hit back from a disappointing 2008/09 campaign, which not only saw them finish empty-handed but, adding salt to their wounds, also ended up with arch rivals Barcelona walking off with an unprecedented treble.

Madrid were also left red-faced once again in the Champions League, falling at the last-16 stage for the fifth successive year after being humbled 5-0 on aggregate by Liverpool.

The nine-times European champions will be desperate for a much better showing next year, especially with the final being held at the Bernabeu, and Ronaldo believes they will be amongst the favourites.

“To win the Champions League in our stadium would be a great dream. I think it’s possible with all the players we have.

“(However), you need to recognise that the champions, Barca, had a great season and played very well. They have a great team and a magnificent coach. It’s going to be a very important duel for Spanish and European football and very nice for all of us. I think it will be a great season.”

PA Sport

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