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Came to Saudi For Money, Cristiano Ronaldo’s $500M Al Nassr Path Slammed by ‘Poor’ $266,000-Rated Star

Published 09/25/2023, 6:30 AM EDT

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Cristiano Ronaldo‘s decision to join Al Nassr is, undoubtedly, one of the most surprising transfers. While many players have openly admitted to choosing Saudi Arabia for financial reasons, the decision taken by Cristiano Ronaldo to move to Al Nassr has left one player puzzled. This soccer star in the limelight is much younger and seemingly cannot wrap his head around the Portuguese star’s unexpected move.

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Ronaldo is reportedly earning a total of $500 million throughout his tenure with Al Nassr. However, a $266,00 rated fellow Saudi league player has questioned his motivation behind the move.

Cristiano Ronaldo criticized for his move to Saudi Arabia


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Recently, former Austria U21 International, Szredjan Spiridonovic, who plays for Hajer FC, a second-division club in the Saudi Pro League, slammed the Portuguese over his decision. As reported by Sport 365, Spiridonovic, who earns half a million dollars a year, admits that he came to Saudi Arabia solely for the money. But he doesn’t understand why Ronaldo, would make the same decision.

He said, “We were very poor, we had nothing. So I wanted a better life for myself and my family. What I don’t understand is why Cristiano Ronaldo is here. If I were in his position, I would never have come here. He’s achieved so much and he wants more.”


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Despite the criticism, Cristiano Ronaldo has defended his decision to move to Saudi Arabia. He has said that he is excited to start a new chapter in his career and that he is looking forward to helping the club achieve its goals.

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Was Ronaldo’s move to Al Nassr for money?

Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia has been met with mixed reactions. Some fans have praised the move, calling it a new challenge for the Portuguese superstar, while others have criticized it, saying it is a blatant money grab.

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Despite his age, he remains a remarkable athlete and a fierce competitor. Perhaps he believes that by conquering a new league and guiding Al Nassr to glory, he can solidify his legacy as one of the greatest soccer stars of all time.


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As Ronaldo also boasts several businesses, it shows that he has aspirations beyond his playing career as well. However, the allure of a reported $500 million deal with Al Nassr could have played a significant role in his decision-making process.

Ronaldo’s move remains a subject of intrigue and fascination in soccer. While some, like Szredjan Spiridonovic, opt for such a move purely for financial reasons, Ronaldo’s decision might seem to carry a deeper motivation. As the story unfolds, the journey of Cristiano Ronaldo will be closely watched by soccer enthusiasts worldwide.


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Written by:

Sahil Sharma


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Sahil Sharma is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. He's been a fan since childhood, but his love for the sport truly took off when Real Madrid won their record 10th UEFA Champions League title in 2014. That famous La Decima triumph turned him into a hardcore Madridista.
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Jayant Chhabra