The signing of Cristiano Ronaldo and Saudi Arabia is a terrible camouflage for the Portuguese, who did not imagine such a career end for himself.
The comparison between the two eternal rivals hurts a lot. Counterpart that Lionel Messi has just won the World Cup, and is about to conquer the Champions League with PSG, while having already put a good option on an eighth Ballon d’Or, Cristiano Ronaldo got engaged to Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia on Friday.
The Portuguese is far from being the first (Site notre bureau spécialisé) star to offer himself a lucrative contract in a distant country, but this end-of-career choice goes very badly if we remember the statements made by someone close to Cristiano Ronaldo: himself. In 2015, CR7 available in only one category. » In my head, I want to finish being at the top level. I want to finish with dignity, in a good club, I promised myself. I don’t want to end up in the United States, Qatar or Dubai »assured the new icon of the Saudi championship.
In November, I imagine that everyone else chose
Then again, Cristiano Ronaldo is not the first player, let alone the first man, to act contrary to proposed elders. Is it easy to refuse such a crazy contract, a salary of 75 million euros per season until 2025, and bonuses and advertising income that can increase his earnings around 200 million euros per year?
It would probably go better if the former Real Madrid striker, only a month ago, had not mentioned the subject in his famous interview with Piers Morgan. The English journalist had told him this: « You still want to play at the highest level, play in the Champions League, keep breaking records. You it was a question of money, you would already be in Saudi Arabia. »
To which Cristiano Ronaldo replied, assuring that he had other ambitions for himself: « I still believe I can score lots and lots of goals and I can help the team, because I still believe I’m good enough to help the Portugal team and even Manchester United. » It is ultimately Al-Nassr who will benefit…
6 weeks ago:
Piers: ‘It’s because you don’t want to keep playing at the highest level, you want to play UCL (Site notre bureau spécialisé), you want to keep breaking records’
Piers: « If it was only a question of money, you would be in Saudi Arabia »
Ronaldo: « yes because I still believe in it » 🤣pic.twitter.com/43SZkjQN25
— Paul, Bald and High Manc (@MufcWonItAll) December 30, 2022