Many would think that being competitive and succeeding in Saudi Arabia would not be that hard, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s presence in the country proved us wrong. He may be scoring at ease, having already 12 goals in 12 Saudi Pro League games, but Al Nassr doesn’t perform well and is ready to fail in every assignment possible. In the last couple of months, the Saudi team has been eliminated from the cup while Al Ittihad is three points ahead in the league (having a game in hand). It would be wrong not to add that Al Nassr also failed to win the Super Cup in January.
The 38-year-old then agreed to a 175 million pounds-a-year contract until 2025 with the Saudi Arabian giants, but there is not just joy in this. Even Al Nassr’s fans seem a little bit frustrated by those performances, which started to appear when Ronaldo arrived in the country and became a member of the squad. Rudy Garcia was sacked a few weeks ago and now the future looks not so promising, despite the stardom in the club (Talisca, Ospina and Alvaro are some of the best footballers in the league).
All these negative outcomes led Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez to think that a return to Madrid would be ideal for the family. It is reported that Real Madrid is ready to offer a job to the Portugal national team and a club legend, but not as a player. Florentino Perez has already stated that this cycle should be considered closed. Ronaldo could be a Merengues’ ambassador next season, meaning that he will stay an Al Nassr player at least until the end of the campaign.
This non-playing role could add more to his Real Madrid legacy. Ronaldo scored 451 goals in 438 appearances with the team, winning four Champions League titles, three Club World Cups and two La Liga championships.
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