In the summer of 2023, the Real Madrid star stated Toni Kroos himself critically about the flight of players to the Saudi top league – where, among other things, his two former teammates Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema moved.
– People say they play developmental football there, but it’s just about the money, the 34-year-old German told Sports Illustrated.
Kroos said Saudi Arabia’s human rights abuses were what stopped him himself from making such a move.
His statement was not well received when Real Madrid played the semi-final and final of the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia in January this year. Then he was booed by the crowd in Riyadh. Something that Kroos does not seem to be affected by.
– For me, it was a confirmation that I said everything correctly in the interviews, says Kroos before Real Madrid’s away match against Leipzig in the round of 16 of the Champions League.