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Ronaldo arrives in Saudi, says he is come to South Africa

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Cristiano Ronaldo has simply accomplished a transfer to Saudi Arabian membership Al Nassr, however made a slip up throughout his official presentation in Riyadh on Tuesday when mistakenly saying he had “come to South Africa.”

Maybe the Portugal nice was disorientated by the whirlwind nature of his arrival at his new membership, which noticed him fly out to Saudi on Monday evening, earlier than present process a medical the following morning after which being greeted by 1000’s of cheering followers at Al Nassr’s Mrsool Park stadium.

“For me, it isn’t the top of my profession to return to South Africa,” Ronaldo stated at a information convention earlier than stepping out on the sphere on the 25,000-capacity stadium. “I actually don’t fear about what individuals say. I took my resolution and I’ve a accountability to alter that, however for me I’m actually, actually blissful to be right here.”

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After what was clearly a slip of the tongue, Ronaldo went on to stipulate his causes for becoming a member of Al Nassr and stated he had turned down “many golf equipment” around the globe to finish one of the vital shocking strikes in soccer historical past.

“I wish to give a distinct imaginative and prescient of this nation and soccer. Because of this I took this chance,” he stated. “I do know the league could be very aggressive. Folks don’t know that, however I do know as a result of I noticed many video games,”

Ronaldo has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract to play within the Saudi Professional League and can reportedly earn as much as $200 million a yr.

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The previous Manchester United, Actual Madrid and Juventus ahead additionally stated is able to play right away with Al Nassr going through Al Ta’ee on Thursday.

Nonetheless, the 37-year-old Ronaldo was handed a two-match suspension by the English Soccer Affiliation in November for knocking a cell phone out of the hand of a supporter after a sport towards Everton final April.

He had already left United by the point of the ruling, however the FA stated the suspension could be transferred to any new membership.