European football

“Red Bull could buy Cristiano Ronaldo tomorrow if they wanted"

Oliver Kragl, the German player at Benevento, reflected on the situation in the Austrian league and highlighted the financial strength of Red Bull owned teams.

“Red Bull could buy Cristiano Ronaldo tomorrow if they wanted"

Oliver Kragl, a Benevento footballer in Serie A, spoke with Goal about his time in the Austrian league and the influence that the Red Bull company had with RB Salzburg. The German, who left for Italian football in 2016, played for three years at SV Reid in the Austrian Primera, and was able to see the dominant club owned by the energy drink company, who he believes could buy Cristiano Ronaldo.

RB Cristiano?

"The differences in that league are huge. Red Bull Salzburg are very demanding. They were able to beat European champions Liverpool at Anfield and drew in Naples in the Champions League. Rapid Vienna is still great and there is Ried and Admira Wacker, but they don't have the money to keep up with Salzburg.

Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Red Bull could buy Cristiano Ronaldo tomorrow if they wanted to. I think Salzburg would do well in the German Bundesliga and the smaller Austrian clubs would be competitive in second division," Kragl said.

Liverpool's Mané is a top guy

In Austria he linked up on the field with Sadio Mané, for whom he only has good words.

“I already saw where Sadio's career would go. He is exceptional. Fast, technically excellent and always knows where to position himself.

Liverpool's Sadio Mane in action with Atlético Madrid's Stefan Savic at Anfield.

“It’s normal that he is idolised in Liverpool. He is relaxed and polite. Expensive cars and watches don’t matter to him and he donates a lot of money to his home country as he tries to help the people there. That shows the person he is."