RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo may make his Saudi Arabian debut on January 22 after he was efficiently registered by new team Al Nassr, a membership supply informed AFP on Saturday.
Ronaldo, who was unveiled to followers this week, joined the squad listing after Al Nassr terminated Manchester United-linked striker Vincent Aboubakar to remain inside the most eight overseas nationals stipulated by the Saudi league.
He’ll now be out there for the January 22 dwelling recreation in opposition to Ettifaq after finishing a two-match ban issued in November for smashing a fan’s cell phone whereas enjoying for Manchester United.
“Al Nassr terminated Vincent Aboubakar’s contract by mutual consent and he acquired all his monetary rights,” the membership supply stated, including that Ronaldo was registered earlier than Al Nassr’s recreation in opposition to Al Ta’ee on Friday.
“So now he served one recreation from the ban and can serve the opposite one in opposition to Al Shabab” on January 14, the supply stated.
The official didn’t deal with reviews that Aboubakar, 30, may very well be on his solution to Manchester United, saying he was now a free agent and will negotiate with any crew.
Ronaldo, 37, joined Al Nassr in a deal believed to be value round 200 million euros that has shone an unprecedented mild on the Saudi Professional League.
It comes as Saudi Arabia, which watched as neighbour Qatar hosted the World Cup in November and December, considers a joint bid for the 2030 event with Greece and Egypt.
The deeply conservative kingdom is snapping up sports activities belongings as a part of a drive to melt its harsh picture, appeal to overseas curiosity and diversify its oil-reliant financial system.
Critics have accused the Saudis of “sportswashing” — utilizing sport to deflect consideration from human rights controversies.
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