Cristiano Ronaldo authored several infobombs during the World Cup in Qatar. The Portuguese was going to the tournament as a Manchester United player, but after a scandalous interview with journalist Piers Morgan in which he criticized the club and management, his contract was terminated.
Crist became the only player of the Mundial without a team, but applicants for him were found quickly. First there were reports of interest from England’s Newcastle and Chelsea, then an offer from overseas, but in the end they all seem to fall away.
“Al Nasr is ready to make Ronaldo the star of Saudi Arabia’s championship and also the highest-paid player in the world. According to the Spanish Marca, for 2.5 years in the local league Cristiano will earn 500 million euros (200 million per season). The source assures that the contract has already been signed, but the club has not yet officially announced the transition – most likely it will happen after the World Cup.
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The championship of Saudi Arabia started not so long ago – before the break for the World Cup, the teams played only eight matches each. That’s almost a third of the season. “Al-Nasr is three points away from leading Al-Shabab, but the density in the table is enormous – the first and seventh places are separated by only four points.
The same situation is in the scoring table, where Al-Shabab’s Brazilian striker Carlos Carvalho leads with six goals. His compatriots from Al-Nasr – former Benfica midfielder Anderson Talisca (five goals) and former Bayern player Luiz Gustavo (4+2) – are second and third.
Despite his greed for goals, the Portuguese has also always been full of assists: 14 assists in the previous three full seasons. At Al-Nasr, Cristiano is likely to be willing to share the ball and will be the author of at least four assists.
Finally, what Ronaldo and his fans lack is goals from free kicks. The prime Portuguese used to score several goals from set-pieces in a season and made all sorts of headlines. In recent years, however, he has been hitting the wall and the fans behind the goal more and more often. In two and a half years he has had two realized strikes, the last one in April 2022 against Norwich.
Will Cristiano be able to shine again in Saudi Arabia and remind us that he is one of the best free-kicks in history? The answer to that question is likely to come in the near future.