At the end of 2022, Cristiano Ronaldo left Europe and went to the Middle East, where he became a football player for Al-Nassr. He signed a 2.5-year contract, under which he will earn as much as 200 million euros a year. The striker has already made his debut for the new club. He appeared in two official matches, but failed to score. Although the 37-year-old is far from the best, his popularity is not diminishing, as he is now seeing in Saudi Arabia.
Ronaldo entered the restaurant and it began. The behavior of the footballer surprised the guests of the premises
It seemed that after leaving the Old Continent, Ronaldo would be able to count on greater peace. Nothing more wrong. Every attempt by the Portuguese to get involved in a normal Middle Eastern public event attracts crowds of fans. That was also the case last Friday.
The footballer went with his partner Georgin Rodriguez to one of the local restaurants. In this way he wanted to celebrate the 29th birthday of his chosen one. Only fans were waiting for them there. As soon as Ronaldo appeared outside the building, the guests sitting at the tables immediately reached for their phones and began recording him. Moments later, however, they were shocked.
Ronaldo was expected to react negatively to the harassment and attention of fans. This time it was different. The attacker took the opportunity to make fun of the restaurant guests, imitating their behavior. Upon entering the premises, he immediately took out his phone and pretended to record fans. After a while, however, with a smile on his face, he went to the reserved table. “He took revenge on the fans” – joked SPORTbible journalists.
Ronaldo has a good sense of humor despite the fact that he has to deal with a lot of criticism on a daily basis, especially after moving to Saudi Arabia. The Portuguese has been below expectations for several seasons now. It was the same in 2022. In the “Guardian” plebiscite for the 100 best footballers of the past 12 months, he took only 51st place, and yet he won twice in this ranking.
“They say all good things must come to an end and this was the year Cristiano Ronaldo dropped out of the top 10 for the first time since the ranking was introduced in 2012. His two-time winner fell to 51st in a year, which included a feud with Eric ten Hag and Manchester United, an interview with Piers Morgan and a rather chastening World Cup where he was criticized by his coach, Fernando Santos, for his reaction to a substitution against South Korea.
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Already on Friday, February 3, Ronaldo will have a chance to score his first goal in the Saudi league. On that day, Al-Nassr will face Al-Fateh. The meeting starts at 16:00.
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