Unwanted by Europe’s elite clubs, Cristiano Ronaldo’s steep decline has been laid bare by a move to Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr that signals the end of his reign as one of football’s most feared strikers. Ronaldo, the Portuguese star will be officially unveiled by Al Nassr on Tuesday, January 3. The-37-year-old has signed a contract with the Saudi Club that will valid until 2025 and is reportedly worth more than 200m euros.
But the riches and fanfare that await the Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia are at odds with his reduced status as fallen star trading on past heroics.
For Ronaldo to be pressured to play out what is going to absolutely be the very last bankruptcy of his glittering profession with inside the soccer backwater of Saudi Arabia is a damning indictment of his lackluster shape during the last 18 months.
Ronaldo, the World No. 1 International goal scorer (118 goals), heads to the Gulf after a painful 12 months that noticed him relegated to the Portugal bench and reduce adrift by Manchester United.
His 2nd spell with United imploded in November together along with his departure by mutual consent, quickly after he criticised boss Erik ten Hag and the club’s hierarchy in an explosive interview.
As his bonding with United soured, Ronaldo turned into related to a string of Champions League contenders which include Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Napoli.
Ronaldo last played in Qatar in Portugal’s quarterfinal match against Morocco. They lost the match 0-1. Fans also witnessed during the World Cup that he was not in his real form. He scored only goal in the group stage (H) match against Ghana on November 24.
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