The Saudi Pro League transfer window has finally slammed shut after almost $1 billion was splashed out this summer.
This summer saw a potentially historic change in the soccer landscape with European stars deciding to flock to the Gulf State in the aim of one final life-changing payday at the twilight of their careers.
Saudi Arabia Pro League shocks football landscape
Iconic transfers such as Neymar’s move to Al Hilal, Sadio Mane’s transfer to Al Nassr, and 21-year-old Spanish wonderkid Gabri Veiga’s deal with Saudi side Al Ahli show the newfound pulling power of the Pro League.
Added to this, the impact seen by Lionel Messi’s move to the MLS, and the European football juggernaut has received a significant dent.
Speaking on the impact of the Pro League, Manchester City midfielder Rodri said last night, “European football is losing in this situation, and this is completely understandable given the amount of money (Saudi Arabia) provides. We will have to control the talent drain that is occurring.”