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After Cristiano Ronaldo’s Plan to Invest in Al Nassr, Saudi Giants Attempt to Lure $74 Million-Rated Manchester City Icon to Middle East

Published 10/25/2023, 10:43 AM EDT

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The Saudi Pro League spent over $1 billion to lure world-class talents. And the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo marked the inception of a bigger goal. Saudi Arabia’s commitment to offering enormous wages to players shows its ambitions to dominate soccer. Their lofty ambitions match the sporting investments and look to score the ultimate prize- acquiring the 2034 World Cup bid. To achieve this dream, Saudi Arabia is planning to make a big money move for Manchester City’s iconic midfielder.

Meanwhile, focusing on Saudi Arabia’s ambitious plans and their long-term project, Cristiano Ronaldo decided to invest in Al Nassr after he retires. It comes across as an enormous boost for the country and its soccer fans, considering the global status of the star.

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The Riyadh-based club already has immense talent at its bay, with the likes of Sadio Mane, Anderson Talisca, and Aymeric Laporte. But the club wants more, and they lock targets and somehow acquire them. Focusing on this aspect, Al Nassr has planned to make a massive bid for Manchester City’s $74 million-rated Belgian international, Kevin De Bruyne. 

He is the most recent addition to the list of players scouted by Al Nassr for their upcoming project plans. As per reports, the knights of Najd have contacted Kevin De Bruyne’s entourage and have shown their interest in meeting him. The Saudi club aims to convince De Bruyne to join the team on the basis of their long-term project.

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De Bruyne is one of the most effective cogs in Pep Guardiola’s playing system. It would wreck the Spaniard and the City fans to lose their icon if he departs to Al Nassr. The Belgian international has been at Etihad for the majority of his career, signing for them in 2015. He assisted them to win the Premier League 5x and completed a historic treble last season. Yet, the Saudi money gets caviar on the table!

Saudi Arabia’s soccer aspiration is commendable. Not only do they sign world-class players, but invest in other sporting fronts. Their Esports initiative and organized sporting events demonstrate their commitment to making sports the attraction point of their country. Citing this, CR7 has decided to bet his money on the country’s soccer future.

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Cristiano Ronaldo to invest in Al Nassr

Cristiano Ronaldo extended his commitment to Al Nassr as Cristiano Jr. signed a youth contract with the Saudi Club. This move signals Ronaldo’s dedication to nurturing the next generation of talent within the team, which further reinforces his post-retirement career plans.

As Ronaldo contemplates retirement from professional football, he envisions a future deeply intertwined with Al-Nassr. The Portuguese winger intends to remain involved with the club even after hanging up his boots, further indicating his desire to invest in Al-Nassr. CR7 can potentially look into securing a minority stake and solidifying his commitment to the team.

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The prospect of club ownership aligns with Cristiano Ronaldo’s aim to foster his son’s football journey and maintain a lasting legacy at Al-Nassr. His current contract with the club extends until the summer of 2025. To sum up, will Cristiano Ronaldo continue to expand on his dreams at Al Nassr? Let us know in the comments below.

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Neil Banerjee

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Neil Banerjee is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. With a background in media studies, he possesses a deep appreciation for the intricacies, the strategies and the awe-inspiring nature of the beautiful game, firmly believing that a variety of factors underpin each match. As a devoted Chelsea fan, Neil's passion extends to diving into the stories that surround the club and finding intriguing narratives.
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