Football: Here is the date of Cristiano Ronaldo’s debut with his Saudi club
Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to start with Al-Nassr in the Saudi Arabian Football League on January 22, a source close to the Saudi club told AFP on Saturday, January 7.
The date is finally known. Cristiano Ronaldo is set to take his first steps in the Saudi Arabian soccer championship on January 22, a source close to the Saudi club told AFP.
The 37-year-old can join his new club after they canceled the contract of Cameroonian Vincent Aboubakar to respect the eight foreign player cap set by the Saudi FA. He will therefore be available at home against Ettifaq on January 22 for his first clash with his new club.
Until then, he has to serve out a two-game ban imposed in November while still playing for Manchester United in the English league. “Al Nassr has terminated Vincent Aboubakar’s contract by mutual consent and he has received all the financial compensation to which he was entitled,” said a source close to the Saudi club.
Ronaldo can therefore appear on next Friday’s match report against Al Ta’ee, for which he is therefore suspended. “He will then have respected one suspension and honor the other against Al Shabab,” the same source said on January 14.
A NEW STEP IN THE HUNT FOR RECORDS
However, this did not confirm Aboubakar’s departure to Manchester United, 30, as he is now free to negotiate with any club. Ronaldo, five-time Ballon d’Or winner, has signed a contract with the Saudi club until 2025 for an estimated €200m over the life of his contract.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who was greeted by 25,000 spectators at Riyadh’s Msool Park stadium on Tuesday, said his arrival at the Saudi club was not the end of his career but a new stage in his pursuit of records.
His arrival is part of the kingdom’s authorities’ desire to boost the prestige of the Saudi championship, while neighboring Qatar has just organized the 2022 World Cup. Saudi Arabia, in particular, could submit a joint bid with Greece and Egypt to host the 2030 World Cup .