Cristiano Ronaldo is the talk of the town at the moment after his huge deal with the Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr. But with his following, Ronaldo also attracts a lot of hate. Many fans were shocked that Cristiano accepted the money offer to leave top-class European football. There is no doubt that Al-Nassr’s president Musalli Al-Muammar did a good job in constructing a deal that was hard to refuse. But the five-time Ballon d’Or winner always expressed his desire to play at the top level before retirement.
The deal with the Arabian club has made Ronaldo the highest-paid athlete earning him a huge €200 million per year. With Ronaldo’s move to Al-Nassr, it breaks the rivalry between the two biggest players in the history of football. On the one hand, Ronaldo is getting ready to conquer a different continent, and Lionel Messi will return to PSG. After winning the World Cup, Messi will aim to get into the Champions League next. Meanwhile, Ronaldo has already started getting mocked by his club’s rival, Al-Hilal.
Cristiano Ronaldo Gets Invitational Mock
The 37-year-old footballing sensation is famous worldwide with a daunting popularity of half a billion followers on Instagram alone. With his huge popularity comes a lot of love and hate at the same time. After sealing the deal on Friday to complete and confirm his move to Saudi Arabia, Al-Hilal decided to pull a stunt to mock him. Al-Hilal seems to be a long-term rival of Ronaldo’s club, and they are selling Messi’s jersey to ridicule Mr. Champions League.
Using Lionel Messi’s name to mock Cristiano is not new but always works. Meanwhile, Ronaldo could make his debut for the club on January 15 to showcase himself in the Pro League. Al-Nassr is currently at the top spot in their league. Although the move to Saudi would have brought great joy to Arabian people, Europe is still in awe of Ronaldo’s decision. Everyone expected the former Real Madrid forward to stay in the top leagues and make his comeback.
Is There More To The Al-Nassr Deal Than Just 2.5 Years Of Playing
Ronaldo appeared happy and enthusiastic about playing football on continents other than Europe. While signing the deal, he said, “I can’t wait to discover a new footbal league in a different country”. The move to Arabia has been pending since last year as they approached the Portuguese last season. However, he was still playing the top flight football, scoring 24 goals in a season with Manchester United. The former Juventus forward did not consider the move until this year’s adversities ran over him.
Many reports from Saudi suggest that Ronaldo chose Al-Nassr to improve the football culture in the country. Ronaldo can also be seen as their ambassador when they bid for the World Cup in 2030. In the meantime, Saudi Arabia is planning a high technological advancement project called ‘the line’, which will be ready just in time for the World Cup. For now, the move looks superficial, but it could lead to the ultimate development of Saudi Arabia.