Odion Ighalo Disputes Cristiano Ronaldo's 'Passion' Claim, Says It's All About Money

Odion Ighalo, has dismissed fellow footballer Cristiano Ronaldo's assertion that his move to Saudi Arabia was driven by passion for the sport, rather than financial motives.

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Odion Ighalo Disputes Cristiano Ronaldo's 'Passion' Claim, Says It's All About Money

Former Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo, has dismissed fellow footballer Cristiano Ronaldo's assertion that his move to Saudi Arabia was driven by passion for the sport, rather than financial motives. In a candid interview, Ighalo contends that such decisions are fundamentally about money, a claim that stands in stark contrast to the narrative projected by Ronaldo.

Money, Not Passion: Ighalo’s Unflinching Perspective

Ighalo, himself an alumnus of Saudi Arabian football, emerged as one of the initial big names to venture into Asian leagues. Yet unlike Ronaldo, he forthrightly declares that his motivation was purely monetary.

"I moved to Saudi Arabia not for football, but for money," the Nigerian forward said unequivocally. During his tenure in the Middle Eastern country, Ighalo proved his prowess on the field, leading the scoring chart for the Saudi Pro League last season as a player for Al-Hilal.

Currently a free agent, Ighalo is contemplating his next career move, unashamedly acknowledging the pecuniary factors underpinning his decision-making process. "When you are young, you play for passion. But at my age, I am in the final stretch of my career, I don't know if it will be one, two years or when God will tell it to stop," he explained. "I know it won't be more than three years.

I've played for passion all my life, now it's for money. I'm not one of those players who come and say: 'I play for passion' Brother, it's money. At the end of the day, it's money."

Contrasting Ronaldo's Saudi Arabia Statements

In his candid admission, Ighalo also disputed Ronaldo's comments about the strength of the Saudi Arabian league, and his assertion of non-financial motivations for the move.

Despite Ronaldo's portrayal, Ighalo staunchly maintains the undeniable financial incentives involved in the switch. "Is Ronaldo still playing out of passion? Ronaldo has earned 100 times more than I have in my entire life and yet he went to Saudi Arabia.

Did he do that out of passion? It's for money, bro." Ighalo's career has seen him take to the field for numerous clubs around the world, including Manchester United, Watford, Udinese, Granada, Cesena, and several Chinese and Saudi Arabian clubs.

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