During his official unveiling as an Al-Nassr player in Saudi Arabia, Cristiano Ronaldo stated that he was happy to have moved to South Africa..
Since the World Cup and his departure from Manchester United, where his contract was terminated in November, the 37-year-old has recovered.
After signing a contract worth up to £175 million per year, Ronaldo made a gaffe while being introduced as an Al-Nassr player.
Viral footage quickly circulated on social media with Ronaldo stating: “The football is different, so for me it’s not the end of my career to come to South Africa.
“This is why I want to change, and to be honest, I’m not concerned with what others think.”
“I’m feeling very good,” Ronaldo, the highest-paid footballer in history, said. I’m so proud to have made this life-changing decision.
“In Europe, my work is done; I won everything, I played at the most important clubs in Europe and for me now, it’s a new challenge.
“This is a fantastic opportunity. Nobody knows this, but I had numerous opportunities in Europe, including clubs in Brazil, Australia, the United States, and even Portugal.
Many clubs tried to sign me, but I promised this club that I would help develop not only football but other aspects of this incredible country.”
Ronaldo addressed the assembled media in a suit, with the only question coming from an Al Nassr official, before changing into his new club’s kit for his presentation at Mrsool Park stadium.
“I’m a one-of-a-kind player,” Ronaldo added. I broke every record there. I’d like to break a few records here. This contract is unique, but I’m a unique player, so it’s normal for me.
“Many people speak and give their opinions but they really do know nothing about football. Coming to Saudi Arabia is not the end of my career. I’m not concerned with what other people think.
Ronaldo, whose contract with Manchester United was terminated in November after he criticized the club in a TV interview with Piers Morgan, was greeted by thousands of ecstatic fans as he walked onto a stage on the Mrsool Park pitch.
In a brief on-stage interview, he stated, “I will give my best for this club,” before posing for photos, autographing, and kicking balls into the assembled crowd.
Before the presentation ended, chants of ‘Ronaldo’ and his trademark’siu’ celebration echoed throughout the stadium, with Ronaldo joined on the pitch by his children and partner Georgina Rodriguez..
Al Nassr head coach Rudi Garcia, a former Roma, Marseille, and Lyon player, praised Ronaldo as a fantastic signing for the club.
“Cristiano is a legend, one of the best players in the world,” Garcia said. “In my experience, the great, great players like Cristiano are the easiest to manage.
“The only reason we’re here is to win.”
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