King Salman holds talks with Bahraini king in Diriyah

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman held talks with the King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa at Auja Palace in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 03 November 2018

King Salman holds talks with Bahraini king in Diriyah

RIYADH: King Salman received Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa on Saturday at Al-Auja Palace in the Saudi town of Diriyah.

They reviewed bilateral relations, and the latest regional and international developments. The meeting was attended by Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar, State Minister Prince Mansour bin Miteb bin Abdul Aziz, and Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir.

King Hamad thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their continuous fraternal support for Bahrain.

“On this occasion, which brings us together on one position and as if with the heart of one man, we express our categorical rejection of the systematic campaigns and slanderous media statements against Saudi Arabia,” King Hamad said, demanding an end to such campaigns.

He expressed his “full confidence in the integrity and independence of the capable Saudi judiciary” to investigate the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The judiciary is known for its “fairness,” which emanates from Saudi policies, King Hamad said, reiterating his solidarity with the Kingdom. 

Both countries are forward-looking and committed to the principles of coexistence and peace among the peoples of the world, he added.

Ronaldinho plans football academy in Jeddah

Updated 14 November 2018

Ronaldinho plans football academy in Jeddah

  • Backstage at Misk Global Forum, Brazilian football legend reveals intention to open school some time next year
  • Player offered advice for audience, speaking about the value of teamwork, learning from failure and the rewards of giving back

RIYADH: Ronaldinho plans to open a football academy in Jeddah some time next year, the Brazilian football legend revealed to Arab News backstage in an exclusive interview after his appearance at the Misk Global Forum on Wednesday.

“First of all, I want to say thank you for a warm reception and kindness which I have received from the Saudi people,” he told Arab News. “As for the kids, those who want to be a player some day, dedicate as much as you can and follow your dreams.”

Earlier, Ronaldinho appeared on stage to a chorus of cheers at the end of the day’s sessions, where he gave a talk titled the Discipline – and Fun – of Teamwork. 

”I was lucky enough to be on a team with stars,” he said of his career with European clubs Paris St-Germain, Barcelona and AC Milan, and a World Cup win in 2002 with the Brazilian national team. “We all respected each other.

“For me it was wonderful, because my history with this team and players was a beautiful one: To idolize them and later play with them and later win titles again…”

Ronaldinho said he feels grateful for his God-given talent. “Throughout my career we had a plan, and I always worked hard. God gave me the privilege to play football. It was fun, not a sacrifice.”

“I’ve always liked to have a ball around me, to have contact with the ball.”

His advice for the audience? “Prepare yourself and help your colleague or team member,” he said. “Humility is important. Try to stay humble.”

He also said to train hard, read as much as you can and don’t fear failure. “I failed a lot of times,” he said. “Football is like that. You can’t always win. You have to seek lessons from the defeats and not lose hope.” 

Now that he’s retired, Ronaldinho is more concerned with giving back. “After I stopped playing, I have soccer academies. That’s what I’m proud of, and it has given me pleasure. To give something back (as a)  thanks to football and everything it have given me.”