Everyone knows Cristiano Ronaldo is at a strange point in his stellar footballing career.
After his explosive interview with Piers Morgan, his second stint with Manchester United ended sourly. He wasn’t critical to Erik ten Hag’s system at Old Trafford. His lack of playing time for Portugal during the World Cup showed how far Ronaldo had regressed from his best days at Real Madrid.
OKBET’s most passionate Ronaldo fans wondered where the Portuguese star would play next. Others even asked if any top European club would want him after his messy exit from United. Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr are interested in him, but he rejected their advances.
However, recent reports suggest that he may book a flight back to the Middle East. According to a Marca report, Ronaldo is almost confirmed to join the Saudi Arabian giants before the end of the year, as no other club is seriously going after Ronaldo.
Currently at the top of the Saudi Pro League, the club is willing to match his high wage demands. Some reports suggest he’ll receive a whopping €200 million after bonuses and advertisement deals are added to his wages.
Cristiano Ronaldo may no longer be at his world-beating best, but he’s still a solid football player for his age. His numbers for United may look disappointing (he only has a single goal in 10 Premier League appearances), but his quality should see him rediscover his form in Riyadh.
Moreover, he’ll join notable players such as David Ospina, Luis Gustavo, and Vincent Aboubakar. While the level of play is far from what he’s used to, it may be what he needs to restart his career.
United Could Go for Pulisic Loan
Ten Hag clarified that he wouldn’t make a panic buy after Ronaldo’s departure. Sources with inside knowledge of the United camp confirmed they’d seriously shop for a striker in the following summer window. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial will sit up front in Ten Hag’s XI in the meantime.
However, getting another striker on loan may be on the cards if Martial’s health becomes a more significant issue. One of the biggest names linked with a move to Old Trafford is Chelsea and USA forward Christian Pulisic.
Captain America has had a stop-start run at Stamford Bridge ever since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in 2019. He’s been clear that he wants to play more games and was linked with a move to Old Trafford late in the summer window.
The 24-year-old has a goal and an assist to his name in 13 appearances, 10 of which came off the bench. However, after a strong performance in Qatar, his stock had a nice boost. His energy and style of play may fit better with ten Hag than Graham Potter’s.