Finally, Cristiano Ronaldo slated to make a return to European football after spell at Saudi Arabia
Cristiano Ronaldo left Old Trafford after his Manchester United contract was terminated in November following his controversial interview with Piers Morgan, in which he criticised the club’s facilties and said he had a lack of respect for Erik ten Hag.
Ronaldo’s departure has since seen him signed a record-breaking deal with Saudi club Al Nassr with the 38-year-old earning a reported £175m-a-year.
The two-year deal would take Ronaldo past his 40th birthday if he remains in Saudi Arabia and the Portugal captain certainly had a lack of offers elsewhere before he joined the club.
However, report reaching National Daily has suggested that will eventually make a return to European football before his retirement according to the Portuguese new boss at Riyadh, Rudi Garcia.
‘Cristiano Ronaldo is a positive addition, as he helps to disperse defenders,’ said Garcia.
‘He is one of the best players in the world. He will not finish his career at Al Nassr, he will return to Europe.
Ronaldo is yet to score in two appearances for the club and they were knocked out of the cup in the semi-finals by rivals Al Ittihad last week.
Garcia says Ronaldo’s new team-mates shouldn’t be fixated on passing him the ball and that it’s important not to be overawed by him.
‘Ronaldo missed a chance on goal that would have turned the game around in the first half but I congratulate Al Ittihad,’ said Garcia.
‘They were much better than us until the break. So we reacted but we could no longer turn around. We lost the Super Cup but we are still first in the championship.
‘It is very important that the players play normally and don’t always try to give Cristiano the ball.
‘I told them they had to make the right decisions on the field. Obviously, when Cristiano or Talisca are alone and ask for the ball, we have to give them the ball.
‘These two players are capable of making a difference. I think sometimes we had good crossing positions, but there were not enough people in the box, sometimes not Ronaldo or Talisca.
‘We have to work on it, have one of them in the area and maybe the other will play outside the area.’