Luis Castro Eyes League Title, Rates Ronaldo “Best In The World”

Written By Jacobs Dunga

The Portuguese coach sat for a lengthy interview which was released by Al Nassr Zone on X.

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Luis Castro in a recent interview has discussed diverse topics concerning his team Al Nassr, their aims and players.

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The 62 year old was brought in after former coach Rudi Garcia was dismissed following a disappointing season where they lost the SPL title to Al Ittihad.

Asked several questions about the team and her ambitions, Castro despite trailing leaders Al Hilal by a whole ten points believes the club still wants the league triumph.

“We will do our best to win the league.” He replied confidently on the league ambition.

Castro as a result of his move to Saudi Arabia has improved his take home significantly and the 62 year old is unfazed by those berating his huge wage packet.

“People are talking now about my money, and they did not talk when I was getting only 300 euros.”

The coach also seems enamoured of the local Saudi players as he voiced his disapproval of the proposed increase in foreign players quota.

“There is discussion about increasing foreign players in the Saudi League, but I don’t like that because I defend the Saudi player.”

On his future he said: “I don’t think at all about leaving Al Nassr.” 

He also spoke on the competition with compatriot Jorge Jesus who is doing a wonderful job at rivals Al Hilal.

“We have all won and lost, and victory and defeat are the dynamics of football.”


Luis Castro had high praise for his superstar Cristiano Ronaldo who he feels is the best in the world.

“When we talk about Cristiano we mean talking about nutrition, the financial world, and a lot of things. He is a wonderful man.”

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“He challenges me to talk to Ronaldo and put myself in his position. It is difficult for me to live with them and know what each of them thinks about their life and their future. He scores goals and provides assists so he must follow other paths.

“It doesn’t surprise me that his physical side is in very good shape. Its quality is priceless.”

Asked if he likes to take credit for Ronaldo’s new found firm and happiness he said: “It is very difficult to speak on behalf of others. I would not have the nerve to speak on behalf of Cristiano. He is the one who will know how to say it. He will be able to tell you what happened to him in the recent past.”

“But I think there’s a lot of loss of respect for people and results. It makes me doubt football when I see them trusting results more than people. There is no way you should have confidence in a bad result. This trust game destroys relationships.”

Castro reckons it is important to build a team around the five time Ballon d’Or winner in order to help him reach his full potential while also believing in the 1000 goals target.

“For Ronaldo to reach his full potential, we must build a team around him to enhance his capabilities. We cannot have a powerful car and want to drive it on a road full of potholes.”

“It is a unique opportunity to show young people that things happen when they are taken care of.” He said on Ronaldo possibly reaching 1000 goals.

Is Cristiano Ronaldo the best in her world? “For me, yes he is.” Was his reply to the question.

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