Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos is not particularly known for holding his tongue, but has once again used his podcast as a platform to criticize the current state of the game. For the second time in a week, the German star has criticized players who move to Saudi Arabia, accusing them of being mercenaries.
His feelings were made abundantly clear last week when news broke that Gabri Veiga was to leave Celta Vigo for Al Nassr, despite having the chance to move to a number of other top clubs in Europe.
The German star described the decision of the 21-year-old Spaniard as “shameful”, while he has now rejected the idea that Saudi Arabia’s football is something other than a money grab.
“It has been said that football there is ambitious, but everything revolves around money.”
“In the end, it’s a decision for and against football,” Kroos told Einfach Mal Luppen.
Otherwise, Kroos was less harsh on the veterans who went for the money, name-checking former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.