PORTUGAL/SAUDI ARABIA: Cristiano Ronaldo is the only member of Portugal’s FIFA World Cup 2022 squad who is currently not playing for a club. Manchester United released him after his contract was terminated.
The Portuguese forward hasn’t been connected to many teams since departing the Red Devils in what has been a drama-filled season for Ronaldo, who has seldom featured for United.
Al Nassr, a Saudi Arabian club, is supposedly offering a staggering 200 million Euro contract every year to the player.
The 37-year-old forward has finally spoken out on the issue, despite some rumours claiming a settlement has already been made.
According to numerous reports, the footballer denied
having a deal with Al Nassr. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner denied the rumours when questioned about them.
The past several months have been difficult for Ronaldo. Not only has he clashed with Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag, but also with the club’s executives.
Some are believed to have attempted to force the striker out of the club. Ronaldo and Manchester United ultimately decided to part ways.
The highly sought-after forward was supposed to lead Portugal’s World Cup 2022 campaign, but without him, the team still performed at its peak.
All of Portugal’s group games were opened by Ronaldo, who also netted a penalty against Ghana.
Ronaldo was benched in their first round-of-16 match against Switzerland in exchange for Goncalo Ramos, who scored a hat-trick in a 6-1 victory for his team.
It doesn’t appear that Ronaldo will start Portugal against Morocco in the quarterfinal. After the World Cup, the legendary scorer may have trouble finding a new elite club because his scoring form is waning.