Cristiano Ronaldo was presented yesterday in Al-Nassr. He was supposed to make his debut tomorrow, but now comes shocking news that could delay his debut. Cristiano Ronaldo was officially presented as a new player for Al-Nassr.
The striker previously signed a contract with the Saudi club worth 200 million dollars per year, the largest in the history of football. The 37-year-old was due to debut his new colors on Thursday. However, a significant problem arose.
According to "Daily Mail", the Portuguese has a suspension that is still in effect. Al-Nassr will host Al-Taee tomorrow. The match was billed as Cristiano Ronaldo's big debut. The club has already sold out all the tickets for him.
Ronaldo Facing Discipline from FA
The Football Association (FA) there imposed a two-game suspension on Ronaldo. This is an old case from April last year. Then the player behaved very badly after the defeat against Everton at Goodison Park.
On his way to the locker room, he punched and smashed the phone of 14-year-old rival fan Jake Harding, who suffers from autism. The boy's mother, Sarah Kelly, complained of bruising on the boy's arm. For a long time, proceedings were conducted in the competent bodies of the FA.
Finally, on November 17, it was decided that Ronaldo must pay £50,000 with a two-match ban. Since then, the footballer has never had the opportunity to play in club competitions. Meanwhile, the World Cup started in Qatar and Ronaldo terminated his contract with Manchester United shortly after.
The "Daily Mail", citing FIFA regulations, claims that the suspension is still in place and will not be overturned by a transfer to another country. The English FA should inform the Saudi FA of any outstanding penalties imposed on the Portuguese and they should respect them.
What will become of everything remains to be seen. Some sources claim that Ronaldo should still play as planned, but we will have to wait a little longer to find out the final decision.