Former Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo has explained why he turned down offers from many clubs in Europe, Brazil, and other major leagues to join Saudi Arabian outfit, Al Massr.
The Five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, stressed that his work in Europe is done as he played for the best clubs in the continent.
Speaking at his first press conference at Al Nassr, Ronaldo said he had conquered Europe during his a double spell at Manchester United, Sporting Lisbon, Real Madrid and Juventus.
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Daily Report Nigeria reports that Ronaldo’s deal with Al Nassr makes him the highest paid footballer in the world.
The Portuguese captain said the challenge to develope football and other areas in Saudi Arabia presented a different vision.
“So far, I’m feeling very good. I’m so proud to make this big decision in my life in football. As I mentioned before, my work in Europe is done. And for me, now is a new challenge in Asia.
“I’m glad that Al Nassr gave me this wonderful opportunity to show and develop not only football but also the young generation, the women’s generation as well and young boys. For me, it’s a challenge but at the same time I feel very proud.”,
“As I told you before, this is a great opportunity for me, not only in football but also to change the mentality of the new generation. Nobody knew but I can say now of many opportunities in Europe, many clubs in Brazil, Australia, US, even in Portugal… many clubs tried to sign me, but I gave my word to this club for the opportunity to not only develop football but other parts of this amazing country.
“For me, it’s a good challenge. I know what I want and I know what I don’t want as well. So, for me, it’s a good chance to change, to help with my knowledge and with my experience… to help to grow many important points. Many people do not know that Al Nassr have women’s football as well.
“I want to give a different vision of the country, of the football… This is why I took this opportunity.”
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