In a well-publicized transfer, Cristiano Ronaldo joined Al-Nassr of Saudi Arabia in January of this year. The expensive contract locks the Portuguese superstar to Al-Nassr until June 2025 and pays him an astounding £175 million annually. Recent rumours, however, imply that Ronaldo's future at Al-Nassr is dubious. After just four months, the talismanic striker is considering leaving the Saudi Pro League. Ronaldo is eager to quit Al-Nassr and rejoin La Liga powerhouse Real Madrid, according to EI Nacional. He intends to visit Madrid, where he first met his girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez. Ronaldo's efforts to join Real Madrid again as a player, however, seem to have been unsuccessful. Real Madrid reportedly only intends to grant Ronaldo a club ambassadorial position after he hangs up his boots. The president of Los Blancos, Florentino Perez, is claimed to be opposed to Ronaldo's comeback since he doesn't think the 38-year-old will help his club's sports endeavors.
It's improbable that the seasoned striker would accept a position as ambassador in the capital city of Spain. At Santiago Bernabeu, Cristiano Ronaldo was a huge success. One of the best players in Real Madrid history, he scored up to 451 goals in 438 games for the club. Ronaldo's desire to finish his career at Real Madrid is thus not a surprise. We'll have to wait and see whether Ronaldo has other European teams in mind.
According to the EI Nacional sources, Atletico Madrid was also reportedly offered Ronaldo. Diego Simeone, the manager of Atletico, decided against the change because of the passionate support of the club's supporters.
The unexpected transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to Al-Nassr had raised the bar for Riyadh supporters. However, Al-Nassr's performance suffered as a result of Ronaldo's arrival, as they lost first place in the Saudi Pro League and were even eliminated from the Saudi Arabian Cup. Ronaldo has scored 12 league goals in 15 games for his new team, but his recent play has been far less than stellar.
Fans are hopeful that in the forthcoming games, Ronaldo can rediscover his mojo. On May 8, Al-Nassr and Al-Khaleej will square off in their next league game.