On November 30, Marca dropped a bombshell announcing an agreement between Cristiano Ronaldo and Al Nassr. The Spanish publication mentioned an astronomical amount of €500m for a two-and-a-half-year contract (including salary and advertising revenue) for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, free as the air since leaving Manchester United in the middle of the month. of November. More than plausible information that echoed the statements made at the BBC a few days before by the Minister of Sports of Saudi Arabia, Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal: “everything is possible, I would like to see Ronaldo play in the Saudi league. This would benefit the league, the Saudi sports ecosystem and inspire young people for the future. He is a role model for many children and has a large fanbase in Saudi Arabia. »
Yes, but if the interest exists and there is little doubt about the verbal offer made to the Portuguese international, the reality is for the moment quite different. According to our information, if CR7 is obviously flattered by the interest of the Saudi club in him, he prefers to give himself time before deciding definitively what his future will be made of. The former glory of Real Madrid has not drawn a definitive line on a last freelance in Europe or in MLS, especially since the courtiers are still there with more or less interest.
Al Nassr, much more than a plan B
The prospect of playing for a few more months in a top European club interests him even more if this club is qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League. That’s good, the player’s profile is very popular with the new management of Chelsea, who would like to bring CR7 back to make a media stunt, but like his predecessor Thomas Tuchel, Graham Potter is not particularly keen on the idea of welcoming him to the Blues. If Europe is a plausible destination, MLS is still a real option. Inter Miami, which loves and dreams of attracting international stars, has made Portuguese one of its recruitment priorities. These formations which could wonder about the ability of the 37-year-old striker to string together matches were necessarily reassured by the form of Cristiano Ronaldo, who was also the first player in history to score a goal during five different World Cups.
In all likelihood, CR7 should wait to know the intentions of European clubs against him before giving his final approval to join Al Nassr. A plan B which presents many guarantees, both financial and sporting. We must not forget that the Saudi championship is one of the most competitive in the Middle East and that it is a real craze with full stadiums. Enough to end a career in style if he does not find the shoe to his feet in one of the major European championships.