The world of football was left in shock when Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the greatest players of all time, signed a contract with Al-Nassr, a club based in Saudi Arabia. However, it seems that the move may not be a permanent one, as the club's coach, Rudi Garcia, recently made the startling claim that Ronaldo would not end his career in Saudi Arabia.
Al-Nassr's Defeat in the Saudi Arabian Super Cup
The French expert made the claim after Al-Nassr's 3-1 defeat by Al-Ittihad in the Saudi Arabian Super Cup. Garcia later stated that he believed the Portuguese would leave the club and return to Europe.
He said in a press conference, "Cristiano Ronaldo is a positive addition as he helps scatter defenders. He’s one of the best players in the world. He will not end his career at Al Nassr, he will return to Europe”.
🚨🎙️ Rudi Garcia: "Cristiano Ronaldo will not retire with Al-Nassr. He will return to Europe at the end of his career to retire." pic.twitter.com/SQTx5IGUZV — Football Tweet ⚽ (@Football__Tweet) January 28, 2023
Ronaldo's Performance at Al-Nassr
Ronaldo has yet to find the net for Al Nassr in two games, one in the league, which his new side currently tops and another game in the cup from which Al-Nassr has been eliminated.
They were eliminated in the semi-finals after a 3-1 defeat by Al Ittihad and Garcia had some advice for Ronaldo afterwards. He said, “Cristiano Ronaldo missed a scoring opportunity that would have turned the game in the first half.
But I congratulate Al Ittihad. They were much better than us until the break. So we reacted but couldn’t turn around. We lost the Super Cup, but we’re still first in the championship”.
Will Ronaldo Return to Europe?
Many are skeptical about Garcia's words, as if Ronaldo completes his contract with Al-Nassr, he will collect 500 million euros and he will be 40 years old, and it is hard to believe that he could find employment in Europe. However, during all these years we have learned one thing - with Ronaldo, anything is possible.