The complexion of the Saudi Arabia footballing ecosystem changed the moment Cristiano Ronaldo signed the dotted line of the contract that made him an Al Nassr player.
During a league match in Saudi Arabia, two fans were seen storming onto the pitch and performing Ronaldo’s trademark “Siiuu” celebration that quickly went viral on social media.
However, Ronaldo’s Al Nassr debut has been postponed because, he is likely to serve the England FA’s two-match ban for smashing the phone from the hand of a 14-year-old Everton fan who was also autistic.
But the 37-year-old, has already begun training with his new teammates.
Ronaldo stated that he was “proud” to have chosen to play for Al Nassr.
“I’m so proud to make this decision in my life and football. For me it’s a new challenge I’m glad Al Nassr gave me this new opportunity,” he said during his unveiling.
“The welcome yesterday was amazing for me and my family and I’m already proud. When I take my decisions, my family always support me, especially my kids.
“I want to change the mentality of the new generation. I am so proud at making this big decision in my life and my career. My work in Europe is done. I played for all the most important clubs.”
According to the reports, the Saudi club has yet to confirm whether they will comply with the FIFA-mandated ban.
However, Ronaldo’s international clearance certificate was said to have been received by the club, and its executives were examining whether it could help them avoid the ban.
If the ban is not followed, Ronaldo could find himself in even more trouble and the club fined heavily.
Al-Nassr were scheduled to play Al-Ta’ee on Thursday, but the game was canceled due to heavy rain in Riyadh.