's sensational $210 million move to has catapulted the Saudi Pro League into the global spotlight. This landmark deal is just the beginning, heralding a new era of big-name players making their mark in the Middle East. Let's explore the top 10 stars who have joined the Saudi Pro League, following Ronaldo's lead and transforming the competitive landscape. 

Karim Benzema — Real Madrid to Al-Ittihad

2022's Ballon D'Or winner Karim Benzema signed with Saudi Arabian football club Al-Ittihad in the summer of 2023. The French striker is set to earn a whopping $321 million if he fulfills the three-year contract. 

Al-Ittihad is Saudi Arabia's oldest football club, established in 1927. 


N'Golo Kante — Chelsea to Al-Ittihad

Why buy one star when you can buy two? Al-Ittihad also lured in former Chelsea star and World Cup winner N'Golo Kante on a three-year contract worth $485 million. 

Kante joins compatriot Karim Benzema in the black and yellow stripes, with both expected to star under former Tottenham coach Nuno Espirito Santo. But that's not all. The current Champions added another former Premier League champion to the list. 

Neymar — PSG to Al Hilal

Neymar is the latest summer addition to the Saudi Pro League. The Brazilian's contract details and incentives are eye-watering but expected for the Middle Eastern club. Neymar will link up with ex-Premier League stars Kalidou Koulibaly and Ruben Neves at the most decorated club in Saudi Arabia. 

Fabinho — Liverpool to Al-Ittihad

It's quite clear Al-Ittihad wants to retain the Saudi Pro League title, making Liverpool's Fabinho its third big-name signing of the summer. The Saudi club paid $51 million for the Brazilian midfielder and signed him to a three-year deal, salary terms undisclosed. 

Ruben Neves — Wolves to Al Hilal

It appeared that midfielder Ruben Neves was on his way to this summer before Saudi side Al Hilal came knocking. The Saudi club paid nearly $60 million in transfer fees to snag the high-profile player, paying him $19.8 million per season. Neves joins a historically predominant side. 

Al Hilal's remarkable success in Saudi Arabian and Asian soccer is unmatched, with 66 trophies, 18 league titles, and four Asian Champions titles.