Cristiano Ronaldo‘s transfer to Saudi Arabia has obviously generated all sorts of reactions and reports.
The Portuguese has caused a media storm in the city.
fter leaving Manchester United and being dropped by Fernando Santos for Portugal, Cristiano found himself at Al Nassr in Riyadh. Meanwhile, his reported salary would make him the highest paid player in the world. According to other reports, agent Jorge Mendes dropped him as a client after the Manchester United debacle, and he even ended up on the wrong side of the Saudi law with his partner Georgina Rodriguez.
However, the latter claim was denied by his club in an official statement. According to Sport, Al Nassr has rejected claims that his deal with Ronaldo links him to an ambassadorial role for Saudi Arabia, which is seeking to host the 2030 World Cup.
“Al Nassr FC would like to clarify that, contrary to published reports, Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract with Al Nassr does not imply a commitment to any World Cup bid. His main objective is Al Nassr and working with his teammates to help the club achieve success,” said a statement.
Currently, three main bids for the 2030 World Cup are in the works. Spain has teamed up with Portugal and Ukraine; Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay are together; Saudi Arabia will bid with Greece and Egypt. With Lionel Messi as ambassador, if Ronaldo supports the bid in an official capacity, we could see a remarkable situation where the two most emblematic active players of two bids join forces to promote the other.