While addressing the press at his first Al-Nassr media event, Cristiano Ronaldo mistakenly applauded his transfer to “South Africa” instead of Saudi Arabia.
After inking a two-and-a-half-year agreement with the Al Nassr club situated in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia that is said to be worth around £177 million a year, 37-year-old Ronaldo was formally presented. Prior to being exposed to the supporters in an open practice session, he interacted with the media.
However, he accidentally said something incorrect by remarking: “For me it’s not the end of my career to come into South Africa, this is what I want to change – and to be honest I don’t really worry about what the people say.”
On Tuesday, Ronaldo finished his physical exam to finalise his shift after his disagreeable departure from Manchester United in the current year.
Ronaldo who has claimed the prestigious Ballon d’Or award a total of five times stated that he had received numerous offers from all around the world, including a number of offers from Europe – however, he was unsuccessful in locating a Champions League team that wanted to acquire him.
He expressed his delight at having taken the major decision to end his career in Europe. He mentioned that he had represented some of the most significant teams.
“I had many opportunities in Europe. Many clubs in Brazil, Australia, in the US and even Portugal. For me this is a good chance with my knowledge and experience to grow very important clubs.”
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