‘So much for wanting the Champions League’: Fans mock Cristiano Ronaldo as he ‘agreed £173m-a-year deal with Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr’ after hoping to join one Europe’s post-Man United elite… while others joke he’s been ‘banished to the desert’
Fans have taken to social media to mock Cristiano Ronaldo for signing a £172.9m-a-year contract with Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia.
The 37-year-old’s contract at Manchester United was terminated earlier this month after he announced the club in an explosive interview with Piers Morgan.
Ronaldo is now said to have signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Al Nassr – worth £172.9million a year – and fans couldn’t help but comment.
Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly agrees £172.9m-a-year deal with Saudi club Al Nassr
One fan tweeted: ‘Cristiano Ronaldo ‘Top clubs want me I will always stay at the top level’ About to sign for €200m a season in Saudi Arabia. Like what! It’s like Messi going to America!! Fs.’
Another added: “So much for Ronaldo who wants Champions League football to be a contradiction.” While one wrote: “Money aside, Ronaldo will only go to #Saudi to score easy goals so his goal tally is falsely inflated so he can beat Messi.”
Others said: ‘lmao Ronaldo fanboys…hope you go all the way to Saudi Arabia with him. Not yet proven my manager wrong, not yet gotten a decent goal. Just a penalty”.
Another added: ‘Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia’. I hope he enjoys the Champions League. Good retirement.’ While another tweeted: ‘Ronaldo did all this to move to Saudi Arabia…ahh bro stop that goat thing please’.
Others took to Twitter to criticize the financial aspect of the deal. One said: ‘Ronaldo gets £173m, for 1 year, ridiculous!!!!’. Another added: “Like Ronaldo needs more money.” Destroying your own legacy one stupid decision at a time”.
While others have taken to social media to share their disappointment over his potential transfer, saying it could be detrimental to football.
One fan wrote: “Football is going to be weird if Messi leaves for MLS and Ronaldo leaves for Saudi Arabia next season.” I cannot allow this to happen”.
The Portugal international rejected a move to Saudi Arabia last summer, but with no firm interest from Europe’s elite clubs, he looks set to make the move now.
Al-Nassr are one of Saudi Arabia’s most successful clubs, having been crowned winners of the country’s top flight nine times, with their last triumph coming in 2019.
In 2020 and 2021, Al-Nassr might not have won the league, but they did manage to win the Saudi Super Cup. However, they struggled to make a splash on the world stage.
Vincent Aboubakar and David Ospina currently play for Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia
However, they participated in the Club World Cup in the 1999-2000 season. They played against one of Ronaldo’s former clubs, Real Madrid, and lost 3-1.
They then beat Raja Casablanca 4-3 but lost 2-0 to Brazil’s Corinthians as they missed out on a place in the knockout stages of the competition.
Al-Nassr is currently managed by Frenchman Rudi Garcia, who previously coached Roma, Marseille and Lyon. They also play in a 25,000 seat stadium.
Ronaldo’s move comes shortly after the termination of his contract at Manchester United. He parted ways with the club after giving an explosive interview with Morgan which saw him criticize the club, Erik ten Hag and the Glazers.