AC Milan star Rafael Leao values ‘Champions League’ over €10m salary in Saudi indirectly dissing Cristiano Ronaldo and Sadio Mane in the process

Rafael Leao commented that the Portuguese valued winning the Champions League with AC Milan over a $10 million salary in Saudi Arabia.


AC Milan star Rafael Leao values ‘Champions League’ over €10m salary in Saudi indirectly dissing Cristiano Ronaldo and Sadio Mane in the process

Rafael Leao (via X/@brfootball)

Rafael Leao, an AC Milan star, recently shared his outlook on moving to the Saudi Pro League. The 24-year-old Portuguese winger is currently on a 5-year deal with Milan. As per reports, the player is earning approximately €7 million per season. Leao has been a central figure for Stefano Pioli‘s team, featuring regularly for the Rossoneri.

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Recently, the winger shared his views on a move to Saudi. The player commented that he does not rule out a move in the future and doesn’t completely shut the door. However, he stressed that his aim was to succeed with Milan and to make the club reach a position where it could compete and win the Champions League.

Rafael Leao added that he would not have signed a contract renewal if he was planning a move to the Middle East. He commented that he hadn’t achieved enough in his career to warrant a move to Saudi. Leao also pointed out that money “made more noise” in today’s game.

However, he commented that “a Champions League is worth more than a €10 million salary,” indirectly taking a dig at international teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and Sadio Mané. Leao has 3 goals and assists in 5 games for the club.

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Rafael Leao admits defeat to rivals

Speaking to the press, AC Milan star Rafael Leao openly admitted inferiority against their biggest rivals. Following their most recent matchup in Serie A, Leao admitted that, at the moment, Inter Milan is superior to his club. Milan were crushed 5 goals to 1 earlier this month when the two sides met in the San Siro. Inter ran riot with the visitors and remain undefeated in the league.

Inter vs Milan
Inter vs Milan last season (Via 90min.com)

The previous five meetings have all ended in defeat for Leao’s side. Prior to the 5-1 humbling, Inter prevailed over their rivals, both in the Champions League semi-final as well as the final of the Supercoppa. Looking back on the Champions League, Leao admitted that “Inter were clearly superior because they’re a highly complete team both on the pitch and also the bench.”

However, he also urged his team to keep improving. He also said that the UCL is every footballer’s dream. He remains confident that Milan will soon be equipped to win the UCL after missing out on the final last season. Rossoneri fell at the hands of Inter in the semi-final. Inter, on the other hand, fell to Manchester City 1-0 in the final.

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