The Portuguese skipper, Cristiano Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, had a slip of the tongue on his first day as an Al Nassr player.
Cristiano Ronaldo was officially unveiled as an Al Nassr player in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. He was introduced to the home crowd after signing a profitable 200 million euro contract until 2025.
During his first press conference before his official unveiling last Tuesday, the ex-Manchester United player referred to his new host country, Saudi Arabia, as “South Africa.”
He said: “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 really not worried about what people say,” Ronaldo told the media in Riyadh, where the club is based.
He added: “I won everything, I played for the most important clubs in Europe and now it is a new challenge in Asia.”
Ronaldo later appeared at the club’s stadium wearing his traditional number 7 jersey and kicked around on the pitch. He also had a formal meeting with his teammates in the locker room.
Ronaldo emphatically said that his “work in Europe is finished.” “It’s not the end of my career to come to Saudi Arabia,” the 37-year-old said to the crowd at his new home. “This is why I change, and to be honest, I’m not concerned with what others think. Many clubs attempted to sign me, but I declined.”
The unveiling of Ronaldo was the talk of the town on Tuesday. It was live streamed on YouTube, and CR7 fans all over the world were watching. As a result, social media users were quick to detect the error. A video of that part of Ronaldo’s press conference has gone viral on the internet.
Ronaldo, who had a poor showing at the 2022 World Cup, was without a club when the tournament ended after Manchester United terminated his contract following an interview he gave criticizing the club’s past and present.
Ronaldo was greeted warmly at the 25,000-capacity Mrsool Park, home to Al Nassr, which Burt’s forth in cheers and fireworks when he appeared in their yellow and blue kits.
He signed a world record two-and-a-half year contract with the Saudi club, with a clause in the agreement that he will also support Saudi Arabia’s bid to co-host the World Cup with Egypt and Greece in 2030.